Testing for coronavirus

UPDATE: The mobile testing unit will now be available at Gurnell Leisure Centre car park on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 May

Appointments must be made via the government website

You can ask for a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms.

You need to have the test within the first five days of developing symptoms.  You will need to apply for a test via the NHS Ask for a coronavirus test online.

The tests are not suitable for children under the age of 5 years old.

If you are:

  • an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff
  • applying for tests for residents or staff of your care home, or
  • have a verification code from your employer

go to GOV.UK to apply for a coronavirus test.

Appointment times will be available when choosing a time slot using the booking portal. 

Mobile testing units are moving around London and one of the sites that will be used from time to time is Gurnell Leisure Centre.  When in Ealing the unit, which will be staffed by members of the Army, will be located in the car park next to the leisure centre in Ruislip Road East, Ealing W13 0AL.  Dates for when the mobile unit will be in the borough will be published as soon as the council is notified of them*.

Those eligible to be tested do not have to wait until the mobile unit visits this borough, testing centres are available across London.  If you meet he eligibility criteria you can apply for a test in another area of London.  A regional drive through testing centre at Heathrow Airport has been announced that will provide tests from 8am-8pm, seven days a week. It will be located in a carpark near Hatton Cross tube station and will have the capacity to test more than 1,000 people a day.  

Please remember that social distancing rules must be followed at test centres. If driving, the person, or someone they live with, must have a car to get to the test centre. The person remains in the car and provides a swab. A video explaining the process for drive-through testing is available on the GOV.UK page.

A limited number of home test kits are also available for people unable to visit a testing centre.

Coronavirus national testing programme frequently asked questions

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell said: “The council is proud to support the Army and partners in our NHS to help them carry out this vital testing in Ealing.

“If you are over 5 and have symptoms, or are one of the key workers listed on the government website and are showing symptoms of COVID-19 then please go and fill in the self-referral form, book your appointment and get tested.”

*The mobile testing unit will be in Ealing on:

Tuesday, 19 May

Wednesday, 20 May 

Wednesday 27 May

Thursday 28 May