Testing within a local community testing site

Self-swabbing COVID-19 tests at our community testing centre.

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We are currently doing lateral flow testing at the Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW. Please book in advance.

About the testing

  • The test involves individuals self-swabbing and tests are recommended twice a week, with 3 or 4 days between tests.
  • Normally, the testing process takes approximately 15 minutes - this will include the registration process and taking the swab test. 
  • As part of the swab process, you will be required to blow your nose, so bring some tissues with you if you have any.
  • The site has been carefully designed with clinical protocols in place and using purpose-built booths, so that social distancing and strict cleaning processes can be adhered to. 
  • During busy periods, you may need to wait outside, so please wear a coat or something warm.
  • Once you have completed the test, you can leave, as your results will be sent to you via text or email. 

Book a test

  • You can only get a test if you book an appointment in advance.
  • Please book 1 appointment per person. 
  • Anyone under the age of 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult who should perform the swab.
  • You cannot get this test if you have received a positive COVID-19 result within the last 90 days or have any symptoms (a new, continuous cough, high temperature or change in your sense of smell/taste).

Check availability and book

Please note: Results are often provided within an hour (but can take up to 24 hours).


    Arriving at the site

    • When you arrive, you will be met by a member of staff who will provide you with information on how to register your test on the NHS website. (If you do not have a mobile phone, the registration staff will be able to assist you with registration.) You will then be provided with a unique barcode to finalise this registration process. 
    • Once registration is complete, you will be directed to a testing booth where you will be able to complete the swab. 

      Read more information about how to complete the test [740KB]
    • Testing assistants will be available to answer any questions you have and support you through the process. 

    Watch our video to guide you through the process


    Receiving your test results

    • Results are often provided within an hour (but can take up to 24 hours).
    • If you have a positive test result, you should self-isolate immediately and follow the instructions provided to you by the NHS Test and Trace service. 
    • If your test is negative, continue to wear your mask, wash your hands regularly, follow social distancing and government guidance, and book your next test.
    • If you do not receive your results after 24 hours, please call 119 and quote your barcode number, which is given to you at the testing site. 

    Changing or cancelling your appointment

    • When you first make your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with relevant information about the testing process. It will also give you the option to change or cancel your appointment. 

    Please note:  If you have any COVID-19 symptoms (a new, continuous cough, high temperature, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), you should self-isolate and book a test at a local testing site by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

    Page last updated: 30 Jul 2021