Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace programme which aims to contain the spread of coronavirus is now available.

Residents that have the following symptoms should isolate immediately with their family and get a COVID-19 test

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough 
  • or loss of smell or taste

There is now very high demand for coronavirus tests and it is vital people with symptoms are tested to help stop the spread of the virus. If you have symptoms, you must get a test. You can order a test by calling 119 or you can request a test online.

If you do not have symptoms and you regularly leave your home, we recomment that you get a different test that can be booked through the council twice a week to make sure that you are not spreading the virus. We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.

Once you request a test, you will be asked to attend a test site or carry out a test at home. Results should be available within 48 hours. If the result is negative, you and your household can come out of self-isolation. If your result is positive, you and your household must complete your self-isolation. You will be contacted by contact tracers and asked to provide details of people you have been within two-metres of for more than 15 minutes without protective equipment.

Getting a test if you DON'T have COVID-19 symptoms

Residents are now able to book a free COVID-19 test, even if they do not have symptoms. The test (known as an LTF test) is available in Ealing to all residents with results being made available on the day. 

One in three people with COVID-19 do not display any symptoms. This shows the importance of testing to make sure you are not carrying the virus that could be passed on to other people.

The tests are available 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm at the following centres. You have to be 16 years or older for testing.

      Everyone Active Acton, High Street W3 6NE
      Ealing Central Library, The Broadway W5 5JY
      Greenford Library, 23 Oldfield Lane South UB6 9LG
      Northolt Library, Church Road UB5 5AS
      Southall Manor, The Green, UB2 4BJ
We recommend this for anyone working away from their homes – cleaners, key workers, carers, taxi drivers, government employees, teachers, delivery drivers, etc – who need a quick result and regular testing.

Getting a test if you DO have symptoms

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough, loss/change in taste or smell) should isolate with their household and get a test.

If you do not have symptoms, you should book a test through the council. Residents with symptoms can either:

The following centres are open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm. Residents must book a test before.

  • Featherstone Terrace Car Park
  • Michael Flanders Centre
  • Gurnell Leisure Centre 

Residents can book/order a test at home or an appointment by going to nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and you can expect your result in 24-48 hours.

Mobile testing units will are also available in the borough. There are drive through sites that are open on specific days.

All Mobile Testing Units will be at Gurnell Leisure Centre Car Park on the following dates:

  • Saturday, 2 January
  • Monday, 4 January
  • Thursday, 7 January
  • Saturday, 9 January
  • Tuesday, 12 January
  • Thursday, 14 January
  • Sunday, 17 January
  • Tuesday, 19 January
  • Friday, 22 January
  • Sunday, 24 January
  • Wednesday, 27 January
  • Friday, 29 January
  • Sunday, 31 January

Residents might be able to attend a mobile testing unit in a neighbouring borough. For more information check out the testing units scheduled in Hounslow.

You should not get tested if:

  • You have returned from abroad or are about to travel 
  • You are returning to the workplace
  • You have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms. You may be advised to isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed case but you should only get a test if you have symptoms

Schools and employers should follow the official guidance on testing. It is very important that this guidance is followed.

Schools should not advise pupils or teachers to take a test unless they exhibit one or more of the listed symptoms. If there is a confirmed case then schools should not advise entire classes or year groups to get tested. Only those with symptoms or those advised by their clinician or local authority should get a test. Schools must not require students without symptoms to provide evidence of a negative test before letting them back to school.

Employers should not be asking members of staff to get tested before they come into the workplace. You can also help by communicating the guidance around testing to your staff.

More information on the NHS coronavirus test

Test and Trace in Ealing 

Ealing has created an outbreak prevention and control plan to help prevent the virus spreading in the borough and to control the virus in the event of a localised outbreak.