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Covid-19 surge testing across Lambeth: South African variant

From Lambeth Council: 12 April 2021
'Everyone over the age of 11 who lives or works in Lambeth is being asked to take a PCR Covid-19 test after new cases of the variant first identified in South Africa were found in the borough.

The additional testing being introduced will help quickly identify any further cases and help limit any potential spread. Eight additional testing sites have opened across Lambeth from today and people are encouraged to get a test as soon as possible, even if they have no symptoms.

You should get a PCR test as soon as possible, whether you have Covid-19 symptoms or not. If you have been vaccinated you should still get tested.

The test you take will be checked to see if you have Covid-19. If you test positive, it will be checked to find out whether you have the variant first identified in South Africa. This is called enhanced testing. PCR tests are the type checked in laboratories and are used to detect variants of the virus, unlike the rapid tests, which produce results on the spot, that you may have taken in your school, workplace, or at one of our rapid testing sites.'

For more information and to find out how and where to get a test, please follow this link
Our most local testing site is a pop-up - see address below. You can only get tested in-person here, for places to pick up home test kits and if you know someone who is housebound or clinically vulnerable, please follow the link above.

Waylett Place car park (behind the shops next to Iceland), SE27 9AE
Opening hours:9am to 3pm every day

For people who do test positive, Lambeth has a comprehensive Covid-19 self-isolation support service for those who need it. That includes payments of up to £500 for residents on low incomes. To find out more call 0800 054 1215, 9am to 5pm, seven days a week or visit lambeth.gov.uk/self-isolate-help.