Enhanced testing for COVID-19 variants of concern

We are working with Public Health England to carry out enhanced COVID-19 testing in areas of the borough where COVID-19 variants of concern have been found.

Enhanced testing in the Ruislip area has been completed. Thank you to all residents and businesses who have played their part.

Extensive tracking of the virus has identified at least 2 cases of the variant first discovered in India in 6 areas in Hillingdon (Harlington, West Drayton, Yiewsley, Uxbridge, South Ruislip and Charville). Some of these can be tracked back to international travel, while some cannot.  

Those infected have been advised to self-isolate in line with government guidance and their contacts are being identified.

We are asking everyone over 16 who lives or works in a targeted area (including those who have been vaccinated) to take a COVID-19 test, so we can find the variant and protect you and your loved ones. 

Everyone should continue to follow national guidance, including frequently washing your hands and covering your face in enclosed public spaces. If you test positive by any method, you must isolate to stop the spread of the virus.

In addition, the NHS is encouraging residents to come forward for their vaccination as soon as they are eligible. The vaccine is safe and effective and remains the best way to protect against the virus.  

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should book a test in the usual way by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119.

What happens if I live in a targeted area?

Between Monday 24 May and Sunday 20 June, every person aged over 16 living or working in targeted areas within the UB3, UB4, UB7, UB8 and UB10 postcodes (see shaded area of ward maps below) is being asked to take a test.

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(UB10 0, UB8 2 and UB8 3 postcodes)
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(UB4 8 and UB10 0 postcodes)
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(UB3 5 postcodes)
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West Drayton
(UB7 9 postcodes)
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(UB7 8 postcodes)
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Book a test

Testing will be available at the following sites from Monday 24 May. Booking is required.

Testing site


Beck Theatre
Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE


Book a test at the Beck Theatre

Civic Centre
High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW


Book a test at the Civic Centre

Harlington Young People's Centre
Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, UB3 1PB 


Book a test at Harlington Young People's Centre

Sipson Community Centre
Sipson Way, Sipson, UB7 0DW 


Book a test at Sipson Community Centre

Please note: Anyone who is unable to attend a testing site is asked to contact the council's Community Hub for a home visit to be arranged. 

Test results

  • If you test positive, you must self-isolate immediately and pass on details of your contacts to NHS Test and Trace when asked to. Self-isolation means you must not leave your home. You should not go to work, go shopping, go out for exercise or meet with friends and family.

Please note: Our Community Hub will be contacting those who test positive to offer a range of support.

Support for residents who are self-isolating

Hillingdon Council's COVID-19 Community Hub offers a range of support for residents who are self-isolating, including financial advice and support, emotional wellbeing and befriending services, priority online shopping slots and food bank referrals for those who meet eligibility criteria.

Find out more about the Community Hub

Answers to questions you might have

Yes. LFTs are unable to be sent for further analysis to determine if a variant of concern is present. So even if you have had an LFT test, please also get a PCR test.

If you have tested positive for PCR within the last 90 days, you will not need to be tested unless you are already part of an existing programme of testing eg workplace.

If you tested positive using a lateral flow test (or rapid test), you are not excluded and should be tested.


In line with national restrictions, people should continue to work from home where they can and remember 'hands, face, space and fresh air'.

Anyone in the local area who is concerned can get a test.

No. The same government restrictions continue to apply in these areas. Find out more about the restrictions at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Everyone should continue to follow the government guidance and book a PCR test if they develop symptoms.

We are offering tests to everyone aged 16 and over - even if you have been vaccinated.

Page last updated: 06 Jun 2021