Enhanced testing

Covid-19: Enhanced testing in Willesden, Donnington Court

Public Health England has found a case of the South African Covid-19 variant in Willesden.

To see if it has spread in the community and to help contain the virus, everyone aged 16 and over who lives or works in Donnington Court NW10 3TJ is being asked to get tested, even if they are not showing symptoms.

If you live or work within the enhanced testing area, do the right thing and get tested to protect your family, friends and community. 

The more cases of the variant we find, the better chance we have at stopping the spread.

You must get tested at one of the following testing sites. The site you go to will depend on whether you have symptoms or not.

If you don’t have symptoms

If you have symptoms

Key questions on enhanced testing

Why am I being asked to get tested?

A case of the South African Covid-19 variant has been found in Willesden. We want to find out if it’s been spreading in the local area and if so, to contain it by asking all those affected and their recent contacts to self-isolate.

It’s important that you get tested, even if you feel fine, as 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 show no symptoms but could be spreading the virus with loved ones and around the community without knowing.

How does it work?

  1. If you’re aged 16 or over, book a test at the right testing site depending on whether you’ve got symptoms or not

  2. Come alone if you can, although if you’re 16 or 17 you’ll need to bring a parent or guardian with you – and don’t forget your face covering!

  3. When at the site, you’ll need to take a swab of your throat and nose – it’s quick and painless

  4. That’s it. Leave the testing site, staff will clean the booth and send your test off to the lab

  5. If your test is positive, it’ll be checked to see what strain of the virus you’ve been infected with. Don’t worry, there’s currently no evidence the South African variant will make you more unwell but you will need to self-isolate for 10 days so you don’t spread it – anyone you live with will need to self-isolate too.

  6. If you test negative, that’s great! But you must continue to follow the rules and remember, you can get free and regular rapid Covid-19 tests any time,visit our webpage to find out more.

How can I stay safe?

As well as getting tested, you can protect yourself by following the rules and staying at home as much as possible. If you do need to leave home, remember to keep your distance, wash your hands and wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth where rules apply and in busy spaces.

What financial support is available?

If you test positive, you may be eligible for a £500 support payment if you are on a lower income and cannot go to work because you are self-isolating.

Should I still get tested if I have had the vaccine?

Yes, if you live or work in the enhanced testing area and you’re aged 16 or over, you should still get tested even if you have had the vaccine.