New walk-through COVID-19 testing site opens in Harlesden for local residents
9 June 2020
A new walk-through COVID-19 testing site has opened in Harlesden Town Garden for local residents.
As this area has one of the highest death tolls from COVID-19 in the UK, it’s hoped that the testing site will help to drive down these numbers by ensuring that those who have symptoms can get tested in an easily accessible location locally. If they test positive they can then take the necessary steps to self-isolate at home and prevent the spread of the virus.
This will be key to supporting those who may not be able to travel to one of the other test centres.
Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt said:
“COVID-19 has not gone away and it is still killing people in our community.
“I am urging any local residents, if they have symptoms, to get tested now to protect yourself and others, and help to stop the spread of this virus.”
Where will the site be located?
The testing site is located at Harlesden Town Garden, Challenge Close, Harlesden, NW10 4BF.
When can I get a test?
Appointments are available every day from 8am-8pm.
Tests must be booked by calling us 020 8937 4440. The line is open seven days a week from 9am-5pm.
Who can book a test?
You can book a test if:
- You have symptoms of COVID-19
- You can travel to the test site on foot or by motorcycle or bicycle and don’t need to use public transport
- You have a face covering
- You adhere to social distancing at all times, when travelling to and from the site
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Most people with COVID-19 will have at least one of these symptoms:
- A high temperature
- Or a new cough
- Or a change in sense of taste or smell
If you have any of these symptoms, you should book a test.
What do I need to bring to the test with me?
You must bring a valid form of ID, proof of your appointment confirmation and a face covering.
If you do not have a valid form of ID or access to a mobile phone or have an email account, please discuss this when making your appointment.
Can I bring my family members with me?
Only those being tested should be at the test site. If you can’t leave your family at home, they may come with you but must wear a face covering. However, children under the age of three will not be permitted as it would be unsafe for them to wear a face covering.
What do I do while I’m waiting for my appointment or my test results?
While you are waiting for your appointment or your test result, you and everyone in your household must stay at home to prevent the spread of the infection.
When will I get my results?
Test results will not be held by the council. The testing site will send you your test results by email and text message within 24 – 72 hours of completing the test. If you don’t have an email address or a phone number, you can contact 119 for your results.
Watch this helpful video for a step-by-step guide on visiting the local testing site:
For more information about COVID-19, visit www.brent.gov.uk/coronavirus