COVID-19: Testing and Tracing for Coronavirus

Information on testing and tracing for Coronavirus

Community testing for people without Coronavirus symptomsCoronavirus community rapid testing is being offered across Kensington and Chelsea as cases continue to rise sharply across London.

Testing is available for those who have no Coronavirus symptoms and the following -

  • Cannot work from home
  • Critical workers
  • Essential retail workers
  • Tradespeople who enter people's homes

Please visit the GOV.UK website for further information on critical workers.

If you fit into one of these categories then you can visit any of the three sites to get a rapid community test. Please do not attend if you have any Coronavirus symptoms.

The Great Hall at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street

Kensington Town Hall will be open:

  • 8am to 5.30pm Monday and Wednesday
  • 8.30am to 5.30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday

The Café at Kensington Leisure Centre, Silchester Road

Kensington Leisure Centre will be open 10am to 4pm seven days a week.

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be open 10am to 4pm seven days a week.

A rapid community test means you will get the results within one hour. Unlike the Coronavirus test (known as a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test) that you take if you have symptoms, you do not need to book to get the rapid community test.

If you receive a positive test you must self-isolate for 10 days.  If you live with anyone else they must also self-isloate for 10 days.

If you are employed and receive certain benefits you could get £500 financial support if you have to self-isolate. Please visit our page for further information on financial support if you have to self-isolate.

The test can only say if you have Coronavirus at the point of testing and not to check if you have had it previously. You must continue to follow the government advice of Hands, Face, Space.

Testing for people with Coronavirus symptomsCoronavirus cases continue to rise in the borough and across London. If you have symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss or change of taste or smell

Book a test via NHS online or by calling 119. You must book a test to use a testing site.

There is a permanent testing site at 2-4 Malton Road, W10 5UP, which is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. This is a walk-in site.

There are also two mobile testing sites which are open two or three times per week and are open from 10.30am to 3.30pm. You should drive to these sites in your car.

One is at Kensington Olympia in the Motorail Car Park W14 0NE, which is testing on the following days:

  • Thursday 11 February
  • Sunday 14 February
  • Wednesday 17 February
  • Saturday 20 February
  • Tuesday 23 February
  • Friday 26 February

The second site is at the South Ground, Royal Hospital, Chelsea Embankment SW3 4LW. It has testing taking place on:

  • Wednesday 10 February 
  • Saturday 13 February
  • Tuesday 16 February
  • Saturday 20 February
  • Tuesday 23 February
  • Saturday 27 February

Test and Trace and RBKC's Contact Tracing Team

NHS Test and Trace 

NHS Test and Trace aims to reduce the spread of Coronavirus by controlling the rate of reproduction (R) and reducing the spread of infection. The service includes 25,000 dedicated contact tracing staff working with Public Health England. You must take the following steps if you have Coronavirus symptoms or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace that you have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus:

  1. If you have one or more symptoms of Coronavirus you must immediately self-isolate.
  2. You then must book a test using or by calling NHS 119.
  3. If you test positive, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace who will help you identify who you have been in contact with and will gather their contact details.

For more information visit NHS Testing and tracing for Coronavirus.

Test and Trace explained

View this video to explain the latest on Test and Trace.

RBKC Contact Tracing Team

Kensington and Chelsea Council now has a local Test and Trace team to help the national team if they cannot contact someone who lives locally. Visit our news article on information regarding the local Test and Trace team.

Please complete this form if you have received a positive Coronavirus test and have been contacted by the RBKC Contact Tracing Team or the NHS Test and Trace National Hub.  This will help us understand and slow the spread of infection. Many people across the UK have already taken part in contact tracing, helping to protect their families, community, and the NHS. By providing this vital information, which will be held in strict confidence, you will play your part in the national effort to stop the spread of Coronavirus. 
We will ask for information about your illness, recent activities you did and the people you met while potentially infectious. This will help us to contact those people who you may have come in contact with to ensure we contain the virus.
The information you provide will be held in complete confidence and in line with the Data Protection Act 2018, the UK's implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We will use this information to locate people who have the virus and their contacts who may have been exposed to the virus.
If you are under 18 years of age, you will require someone over the age of 18 to complete the form on your behalf, and they will need to provide contact details to complete the form.

Start COVID-19 Contact Tracing Form

NHS Test and Trace AppIn September the NHS Test and Trace app was launched, this makes it much easier for you to find out if you have been near someone who has tested positive as you will be messaged to say you were within 2m of someone who has tested positive. No personal data will be passed on and all the information is stored on your phone. By having your Bluetooth enabled it will simply ping nearby phones to check if anyone has tested positive.

Help protect family and friends by downloading the app today.

NHS Test and Trace information sharing sessionKensington and Chelsea Social Council and NHS West London met with residents and community groups and have produced these FAQs.

NHS Test and Trace information sharing session

Keeping Kensington and Chelsea safeThe Council will support NHS Test and Trace, by responding to any local outbreaks of Coronavirus should they occur.

The Council’s Outbreak Control Plan outlines how we will support Public Health England in identifying and containing any local outbreaks, identified by NHS Test and Trace.

The plan sets out how we will:

  1. Manage any local outbreaks of coronavirus.
  2. Quickly and efficiently respond to any patterns of Coronavirus as they emerge.
  3. Work closely with national and regional partners to ensure everyone who needs a test, has access to one.
  4. Encourage our residents to feel confident in using NHS Test and Trace.
  5. Protect our most vulnerable residents and prevent and mitigate any outbreaks within our high-risk settings.
  6. Ensure any resident who needs to self-isolate and needs support from the Council gets it.

Outbreak Control Plan

RBKC Outbreak Control Plan October 2020

Test and Trace scamsA scam has been reported where callers pretend to be from the NHS Test and Trace service and ask for payment for tests or try to take personal, financial details from you.

Please see the Covid-19 related scams page for details.