New coronavirus testing centres coming to Westminster

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Coronavirus testing

Working in partnership with Department of Health and Social Care, the council has secured additional coronavirus testing centres for residents in Westminster. The semi-permanent, walk-through testing centres will be open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. They can be used by anyone with symptoms or who has been asked to get a test. A test must be booked in advance at NHS online or by calling 119. 

The centres will be managed and run by the Department of Health and Social Care and will increase the number of tests available to residents in Westminster. Each testing centre will be able to undertake at least 200 tests per day.  

Centres will open in the below community halls. This means that these community halls will be closed to the public. Existing bookings and regular users of the community halls are being provided with alternative community spaces so that their activities can continue.

It is expected that the centres will be open for bookings from the following dates: 
 

Location Centre open and available for booking
Greenside Community Centre 
24 Lilestone St, Marylebone, London NW8 8SR 
Friday 9 October 2020 
Grosvenor Hall
Vincent Street, London SW1P 4HB
Friday 16 October 2020
Lydford Tenants and Residents Hall 
74 Fernhead Road, London W9 3EW
Saturday 17 October 2020

Coronavirus testing centres FAQ 

Why have you launched walk-through testing centres? Who are they targeted for?

We have launched this additional route to allow people without access to cars to book appointments, and to improve accessibility to testing in the heart of communities who need it most. 

Why have we chosen these sites? 

The Department of Health and Social Care has a very strict criteria for semi-permanent testing sites. The three locations offer the space, accessibility and entry and exit points to allow for the testing of as many residents as possible. 

Is this safe – why are you asking symptomatic people to walk into busy places?

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, including: adhering to social distancing; not travelling in a taxi or on public transport; wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre); and washing their hands thoroughly before leaving for their appointment. This approach has been agreed with expert clinical oversight.

What are you doing to keep residents safe? 

The following safety measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of our residents: 

  • Daily enhanced cleaning of each testing centre. 
  • All staff working in the testing centres will wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) and each day all waste will be disposed of and removed as clinical waste. 
  • Additional security will be available at each site, ensuring that anyone waiting for a test is wearing a face covering and social distancing. 
  • Layouts at walk-through testing sites have been carefully designed to ensure people can move around them safely and prevent spread of the virus. 

How long will the semi-permanent coronavirus testing centres be in place? 

We anticipate that the testing centres will be in place for six months. This will be continually reviewed depending on the local situation in Westminster. 

What will happen to my community hall booking? 

Existing bookings and regular users of the community halls are being provided with alternative community spaces so that their activities can continue. If you are a user of the hall and were thinking about making a booking or attending an activity please contact spaceforhire@westminster.gov.uk or call 0207 245 2861 to make an enquiry.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about the semi-permanent testing centres? 

Please email covidtesting@westminster.gov.uk if you have any questions.

Booking a test – what you need to know: 

  • You must pre-book using the NHS online tool (opens new window) or by calling NHS 119.
  • Only book a test if you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms (a new persistent cough, high temperature or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) or have been asked to get tested. 
  • Tests are open to people of all ages. 
  • Only the person booked for testing should visit the testing centre, except when you are accompanying children. 
  • You will need to show the booking confirmation to get tested. Please do not turn-up at one of the centres if you have not been able to book a test via the online or telephone booking system. 
  • When travelling to the testing site, please do not travel via public transport. Keep your distance from others and wear a face covering. 

Local testing centres map

Local testing map

 

More information regarding testing on the Westminster City Council website (opens new window)