Information about Coronavirus testing

You can have a free NHS test to check if you have Coronavirus. This article will tell you about when you can ask for a test, how to arrange it, the process and more.
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Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test.

Coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms. Do not get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms. 

How to arrange a test

You can apply for a test on the GOV.UK website. They will ask you:

  • how you want to get the test – you may be able to choose between driving to a regional testing site or getting a home test kit
  • for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address

This service is currently very busy. If you cannot get a test now, or the location or time are not convenient, try again in a few hours.  Bookings will only become available after 8pm the night before the day you want to visit, trying to book before this time may result in your closest test centre not being displayed.

Call 119 to get a test if you have problems using the internet. If no tests are available online, do not call the helpline to get a test. No extra tests are available through the helpline.

You can find a list of Enfield testing sites on the Enfield Council website. You must book a test before attending a test centre otherwise you will be turned away and be asked to book a test.

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Rapid testing (community testing for people without symptoms)

You should only book an online test if you have Coronavirus symptoms. If you do not have symptoms, you can visit one of Enfield's walk-in test centres for rapid testing.

Rapid testing centres are now open in Enfield, offering free tests for residents without symptoms.

The borough-wide rapid testing, also known as lateral flow testing, will offer on-the-spot testing without the need to book an appointment. You will receive your results on the same day.

The lateral flow testing site is situated at:

  • Southgate Library, High Street, Southgate, N14 6BP. View on a map

The centre is open for testing from 8am to 3pm, Monday to Sunday inclusive.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be referred for a follow-up test to confirm the result.

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Testing for adults with Learning Disabilities or who use Mental Health Services in Enfield

Testing is available for adults with learning disabilities (or who use Mental Health Services) and their carers who do not have symptoms and cannot access tests through the regional testing sites or home test kits.

These tests will be offered at: Park Avenue Disability Resource Centre, 65c Park Ave, Enfield EN1 2HL. 

For more information or to book a test please contact Rosemary Mann at Park Avenue

on 020 8360 1195

or email  

You can also download an Easy Read guide about Coronavirus Swab testing.

Home testing

Home test kits can be delivered to someone’s door so they can test themselves and their family without leaving the house. 

If you have been delivered a home testing kit, here is a tutorial video that supports the written instructions in your pack, from Dr Amir Khan:

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