Test for Coronavirus - eligibility and informations

Testing for Coronavirus has now been opened up to many more people following the government changing the rules on who can apply.


Details of eligibility can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#essential-workers

It includes for example:

  • Key workers in charities delivering critical frontline services

  • Staff and volunteers, working with vulnerable children and adults, victims of domestic abuse, and the homeless and rough sleepers (and hotel staff supporting these groups)

  • Voluntary sector organisations providing substance misuse treatment

  • Critical personnel in the production and distribution of food and essential goods, including thoseinvolved in food production, distribution, and delivery

The information below enables you to see if you or a member of your household is eligible and details the options and process for testing.

Testing is now open to a wide range of key worker roles and their household members who may be self-isolating due to symptoms. The full list of essential workers can be found:


The test must be taken within the first 5 days of symptoms, the test is best when taken in the

first 3 days and must be taken in the first 5 days.


O2 Arena, Edmund Halley Way, Greenwich, SE10 0PH

Lee Valley Athletics Centre, N9 0AR

  • In addition other mobile locations will become available on a daily basis  - including Stratford.

  • The sites are open between 10am and 5pm.

  • You can book through the self-service portal: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk selecting the test site which works best for you.

  • Alternatively, employers can refer staff using an employer portal. Accounts for this portal can be requested by emailing portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk.

  • Please note: People who attend the testing sites without an appointment will not be tested.