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Covid-19 cases are very high and are on the rise across every area of Waltham Forest. 

We are now a national lockdown, and you must not leave home apart from for essential reasons.

We are increasing the testing capacity in Waltham Forest to make it easier for residents to get tested. Mobile Testing Units have been set up at various locations and we have recently introduced three new community testing sites at Chingford Assembly Hall, One Hoe Street, and the Jubilee Centre. These sites are part of the community testing programme and offer a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) which allows people who have no symptoms to know if they may be infected. It's a rapid test, and you can get a result on the same day.

All of our other sites listed below offer a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests. It takes some time to get the results because they are usually processed in a laboratory. Many people get their result the next day, but it may take up to 3 days. It is important that you get a PCR test if you have symptoms.

Mobile Test Sites offering Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests for residents with symptoms:

Stanley Road car park, Leyton E10 7EQ:

  • Open every day between 7am to 12pm

Linford Road car park, Walthamstow E17 3LS:

  • Open every day 7.30am to 12pm

Church Lane car park, Leytonstone E11 1HG:

Please note: this site is walk-in only.

  • Open every day from 8am to 12pm

Homebase, 2C Fulbourne Rd, Walthamstow, E17 4EE:

Walk-in via Forest Rd

Drive-through via Fulbourne Rd

Open 9am to 3pm, every other day

  • Monday 1 March 2021
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021
  • Friday 5 March 2021
  • Sunday 7 March 2021
  • Tuesday 9 March 2021
  • Thursday 11 March 2021
  • Saturday 13 March 2021

Community Test Sites, offering Lateral Flow Tests for residents without symptoms, open every day 10am to 7pm (unless otherwise stated) :

Aldriche Way Community Room, below 118-132 Aldriche Way E4 9LZ

Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, E4 7EN

One Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 4SD

Jubilee Centre, Cathall Rd, Leytonstone, E11 4LA

Entrance via the car park

Leyton Cricket Ground, 2 Crawley Road, Leyton, E10 6RJ
Entrance is at the corner of Leyton High Road and Crawley Road

Methodist Church, 5 New Road, Chingford Mount, E4 9EU

  • Open every day from 8am to 5pm

All families and households with primary school, secondary school or college-aged children and young people can collect free rapid lateral flow home test kits from one of our local test sites below. 
These sites are open every day between 1.30pm to 7pm for those who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.

  • Stanley Road car park, Leyton E10 7EQ
  • Linford Road car park, Walthamstow E17 3LS
  • Church Lane car park, Leytonstone E11 1HG

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits and each pack contains 7 tests.
Anyone 18 or over can collect.

Order home tests online

If you’re unable to go to a test site to collect test kits, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online to be sent to your home.
This service is only for people who cannot go to rapid lateral flow test sites, for example if you cannot drive or get someone to take you there.

Order rapid lateral flow home test kits.

Do I have to get a test?  

No, the tests are not mandatory but we encourage everyone to get tested regularly, especially if you can't work from home.  By getting tested you will be able to help protect your family and friends if you are found to have the virus. You’ll also be helping to stop the spread of the virus in the borough and protecting the health of everyone. 

Do I have to book to get tested? 

No, you can just turn up at one of the test sites during the opening times.  

I think I may have Covid-19 and I’m showing the symptoms for the virus. Should I get tested? 

Yes, please visit one of our mobile test sites for those with symptoms.  However, you should not travel to the test site by public transport.  If you can't get to a test site safely, you can book an appointment or a home test online or by calling 119.

I’m feeling slightly unwell but my symptoms are not those associated with Covid-19. Should I get tested just in case? 

Yes, there is a chance it could be Covid-19 and by getting tested you can be sure, and you’ll be able to protect your loved ones.  

What should I bring with me?  

Please bring some identification, a face covering (unless you are exempt) and a Wi-Fi enabled electronic device to register your test with the NHS Test and Trace website. You may also wish to bring a bottle of water for after the test.  

What does the test involve?

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. 

You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or carers have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

How will I find out my results?  

You will receive an e-mail and/or a text message with your test results from NHS Test and Trace. Only you will receive the results.  

What should I do if I’ve had a test and haven’t had my result?

You should get your test results within an hour or so. It’s very rare that you wouldn’t get your results at all but if this happens, please take your test again until you get the result.

What happens if I test positive?  

If you receive a positive test result from NHS Test and Trace you will need to follow the government guidelines and self-isolate for 10 days.

Can I get financial help if I test positive? 

You may be able to get financial support if you have to self-isolate and stop working. Please see our  Test and Trace Self Isolation Support Payments page for more information.

Covid-19 - Translated and accessible information

On 3 March we hosted a covid-19 webinar on Facebook live with latest information on local data, testing, vaccines and more.

Hosted by Clare Coghill (Leader of the Council), Dr Ken Aswani (Local GP and Chair of Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group), and Joe McDonnell (Director of Public Health), you can watch the event here: