Information about the virus

COVID-19 testing

Anyone with symptoms that started within the last three days can now ask for a test.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and arrange to have a test.

Tests are most effective within three days of symptoms developing. Members of your household will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the onset of your symptoms. If they develop symptoms, they will also need to arrange a test.

More information about self-isolating can be found in the NHS guidance.

You can book a free test or phone 119. Tests are only available with a pre-booked appointment.

The main drive-through testing sites in Sussex are located at:

  • Gatwick
  • Brighton Amex
  • Bexhill
  • Mobile testing units, which change location every two to three days, are detailed below:
    • Sunday 9 - Monday 10 August, Haywards Heath
    • Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 August, Worthing
    • Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 August, Bognor Regis
    • Monday 17 - Wednesday 19 August, Chichester
    • Thursday 20 - Saturday 22 August, Midhurst
    • Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 August, Bognor Regis.

Those unable to travel can order home test kits.

Tests are not suitable for children under five and must be ordered within the first five days since symptoms started.

Further information about testing is available on the NHS website.

Guidance on testing for key workers and care home residents and workers is available on GOV.UK.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.


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Last updated:
5 August 2020
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