COVID-19 testing available this February

Release Date: 27 January 2021

People who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are reminded that they can also get tested at the temporary pop-up testing centre in Old Deer Park, on selected dates this February.

In addition to the drive-in testing centre at Twickenham Stadium and walk-in centre in Teddington, the tests are being offered to anyone with coronavirus symptoms. See below for the dates. More information on being tested and how to book your symptomatic test.

Those residents in the borough NOT displaying COVID-19 symptoms, who are either essential workers, volunteering, providing vital support for a vulnerable resident, or need regular reassurance that they don’t have COVID-19, can also now apply for a rapid COVID-19 test. More information on being tested for an asymptomatic test.

The main symptoms of the disease are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please note, if Richmond is not shown as one of the options when you book, please try again later.

Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts, said:

"Whilst we are still in a national lockdown and it is essential that we all stay home, it is equally important that we all take action if we start to display symptoms. This means people must isolate straight away, followed by applying for a COVID-19 test.

"There is now a huge capacity in Richmond to get tested. So – if you are showing any of the symptoms, self-isolate to ensure you don’t put anyone at risk and get a test straight away. 

"Whilst most people are following the Government guidance and staying at home, there are some who cannot, for work, volunteering or caring responsibilities. If this is you – get a regular lateral flow test, and make an appointment to come twice a week."

The pop-up testing centre is available at Old Deer Park throughout February only to those people with an appointment:

  • Tuesday 2 February
  • Friday 5 February
  • Sunday 7 February
  • Tuesday 9 February
  • Thursday 11 February
  • Sunday 14 February
  • Wednesday 17 February
  • Friday 19 February
  • Monday 22 February
  • Wednesday 24 February
  • Friday 26 February
  • Sunday 28 February

Please note the tests will not show if you have already been infected with COVID-19, only if you have the infection on the day of the test. You must not turn up without an appointment – those who have not booked will not be tested.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P039/21

Updated: 29 January 2021