Enhanced (Surge) Testing in Colville ward, W11

Public Health England (PHE) has identified a small number of cases of the South African variant of Coronavirus in parts of W11, around Portobello Road.  As a precaution, and in order to help us better understand any potential infection, we are working with the PHE to carry out enhanced testing of everyone of working age or older in this area.  

We encourage everyone aged 16 and over, who lives, works or will be visiting Colville ward or parts of Pembridge ward and does not have Coronavirus symptoms to get a PCR test as soon as possible. 

You can check if your postcode falls within the surge testing area

Where to get tested

You can go to one of the mobile testing units based at:

  • Tavistock Square, junction of Portobello Road (Monday 10 May 9am to 4.30pm, Tuesday 11 onwards 8.30am to 4.30pm)
  • All Saints Church, between Powis Square and Clydesdale Road (Monday 10 May 9am to 4.30pm, Tuesday 11 onwards 8.30am to 4.30pm) 

You can also go to the testing sites at 2-4 Malton Road (8am to 8pm).

Staff will be available at the above sites to help you register your test after you have taken it.

Home Testing

There is also the option of collection a home testing kit from Kensington Leisure Centre, Silchester Road.  This is open:

  • Monday and Wednesday between 8am and 4.30pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm

Registering the home testing kit online

Register the home testing kit online 

  • You will need the barcode for your registration
  • You will also advise that you are taking your test at home and enter the corresponding details 
  • When asked for the “Royal Mail barcode” please scroll to the bottom of the screen and select “I do not know my Royal Mail barcode”
  • Please ensure you enter a valid telephone number when prompted so that you can be assured of receiving your results  
  • Please follow the entire registration procedure until you are advised that your Registration is confirmed
  • Please retain a copy of the barcode on your kit and if you do not receive your result within three working days you should call 119 and provide the barcode details 

 

If you test positive

You and any other members of your household will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

There is a variety of support available to you if you have tested positive, including:

  • Check-in and chat support
  • Help to collect medicines
  • Advice on financial support

Please visit our COVID-19 hub for information on how to access support.

Find out if you are eligible and apply for financial support.

If you have Coronavirus symptoms

If you have symptoms do not go to one of the testing sites, please book a test online or by suing the NHS COVID-19 app or calling 119.


 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is enhanced testing? Enhanced testing, also known as surge testing, is increased testing and enhanced contact tracing in specific locations in England. It involves testing of people who do not have any symptoms of Coronavirus.

In parts of W11, this follows several cases of the Coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa

What type of test is this and how does it work? The test people are being asked to take is called a PCR test. You collect a sample by inserting a long swab into the back of your throat and nose. More information on how the test works can be found on GOV.UK.

Do I need to book a test? No, there is no need to book. If you live or work in, or visit the enhanced testing area, you can go to one of the mobile testing units based at:

  • Tavistock Square, junction of Portobello Road (8.30am to 4.30pm)
  • All Saints Church, between Powis Square and Clydesdale Road (8.30am to 4.30pm)

You can also go to the testing sites at:

  • 2-4 Malton Road
  • Kensington Leisure Centre, Silchester Road, W10 6EX – to collect home testing PCR kits

How do I avoid queuing for my test? We’ve increased capacity at our testing centres to meet any additional demand and site staff are on hand to ensure social distancing and use of face coverings is followed. We would suggest avoiding early mornings, lunchtimes and early evenings when sites might be busier. If you would prefer to take your test at home, home test kits can be collected from the testing site at Kensington Leisure Centre, Silchester Road, W10 6EX.

I’m taking the test at home, how does it work? The following short film clip talks you through how you can take the test at home.

More information on registering your home testing kit can be found on GOV.UK.

Do I need to self-isolate between getting my test and receiving my results?

No. There is no need for you to self-isolate between getting your test and receiving your results unless you have symptoms of Coronavirus. 

If you do have symptoms, please book a test online or by calling NHS 119, free of charge. 

You must isolate with your household and follow the NHS advice if you have Coronavirus symptoms or have been confirmed as having Coronavirus.

I live in the enhanced testing area, should I stay at home? No. We are asking you to please go for an asymptomatic PCR test if you live, or work in, or visit the enhanced testing area. Aside from continuing to follow the latest government advice and hands, face, space and fresh air, there is nothing further you need to do.

Thanks to your efforts in staying at home, and following hands, face, space and fresh air, the levels of COVID-19 across London are currently low, lower than when we’ve gone into a national lockdown. The enhanced testing in the area is to understand and prevent any wider infection. 

I live outside of the enhanced testing area but use shops and so on within the area regularly, should I avoid the area? No. We are asking you to please go for an asymptomatic PCR test if you live, or work in, or visit the enhanced testing area.

Aside from continuing to follow the latest government advice and hands, face, space and fresh air, there is nothing further you need to do. It is safe to continue using shops, schools, bars, restaurants and so on within the enhanced testing area. 

I’m clinically extremely vulnerable, should I restart shielding? No. We are asking you to please go for an asymptomatic PCR test if you live, or work in, or visit the enhanced testing area. Aside from continuing to follow the latest government advice and hands, face, space and fresh air, there is nothing further you need to do.

I’ve received my COVID-19 vaccination, do I still need to take an asymptomatic COVID-19 test? Yes. You should still please come for a COVID-19 test even if you have been vaccinated.

What if I’m offered a vaccination during the enhanced testing, should I wait? If you have been offered your COVID-19 vaccine we encourage you to have it as soon as possible. Two doses of the vaccine are required for maximum protection, so it is important you have both.

I’m testing for COVID-19 using the twice weekly symptom-free tests, do I need to do this test too? Yes. Genomic sequencing, which tells Public Health England whether a positive case is a variant or not, can only be conducted using a PCR test. So please take the PCR test, and continue to test twice a week with the symptom-free tests, known as rapid lateral flow tests. 

Who should not get a test? If you have tested positive with a PCR test within the last 90 days, you do not need to be tested.

I have Coronavirus symptoms, what should I do? If you have Coronavirus symptoms, it is important that you get a test for people with symptoms online on the NHS website, via the NHS COVID-19 app or by calling NHS 119, free of charge.

You must isolate with your household and follow the GOV.UK guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infections until you get your result.

What happens after the test? If you test positive, your test will be sent to a laboratory for genomic sequencing.

You must isolate with your household and follow the GOV.UK guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infections. Public Health England will carry out enhanced tracing of close contacts of confirmed cases of the variant.

There is currently no evidence that variants cause more severe illness.

There is a variety of support available to you if you have tested positive, including:

  • Check-in and chat support
  • Help to collect medicines
  • Advice on financial support

You can contact the Covid-19 Hub to access this. You can also email C19Hub@rbkc.gov.uk or call 020 7361 4326.

The Hub is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm

Financial support is available if you have to self-isolate

We realise that having to self-isolate for 10 days can be more difficult if it also means that you are unable to get paid from work. If you are working and in receipt of certain benefits you will be eligible to receive £500 during your self-isolation period. If you are the parent or guardian of a child aged 15 or under who has to self-isolate and is in full-time education or child care, you can also now apply for the £500 self-isolation support if you quality.