Generic filters

Free testing when you don't have symptoms is now available to all at Somerstown Central in Portsmouth

The Guildhall testing site is now closed.

Appointments are available 7 days a week: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat-Sun 8am-1.30pm.

Alternatively, free asymptomatic home test kits are now available to all. Pick up from your nearest collection point or by ordering online.

You can watch this ‘How to’ video guide for home testing.

Download your pdf guide for asymptomatic testing – when you don’t have symptoms

How community testing helps fight coronavirus

Around one in three people who are infected with coronavirus have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it.

Regular asymptomatic testing means those who test positive for virus but who don’t get symptoms will know to self-isolate straight away to avoid spreading the virus.

How community testing works at Somerstown Central

Book online for the first available appointment or choose a convenient time

  • Register for a testing account before attending your first appointment– remember to bring your account username and password to all appointments to save time and allow you results to be email/texted to you asap
  • On arrival you’ll be signposted to the registration area
  • Use your smart device to scan a card you’ll be given on the day
  • Take the test
  • Leave by the one way system
  • Test results will be delivered to you within the hour
  • A positive result will mean you need to self-isolate – view our self-isolating guidance.
  • A negative result means you can simply re-book for your next test – you’ll need two tests per week, at least 48 hours apart


  • If you don’t have access to a smart device on the day, support will be available in the registration area.
  • If you don’t have online access, call 023 9261 6708 to book an appointment.
  • If you need to bring children to your appointment, the registration staff know so they can guide you to an accessible test booth. You will need to keep children with you at all times.

Prepare for your appointment

  • Bring your own drinking water with you for afterwards
  • Bring a smart device that can scan barcodes/QR code
  • Walk or cycle if possible
  • If you have to drive and are using satnav, the postcode for Somerstown Central is PO5 4EZ – there is free parking for community testing nearby, which will be clearly signposted
  • Please wear a face covering to your appointment

A socially distanced queuing system will be in place.

Don’t attend the test site if you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or if you have symptoms:

  • a new persistent cough;
  • a temperature; or
  • a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If you have any of these symptoms (no matter how mild) ask for a test at UK/get-coronavirus-test or call 119

Download this pdf guide for when you have any of the above symptoms

Other workplace community testing

If the company you work for has registered for asymptomatic testing, you should get tested through your workplace programme.

If your workplace programme is not up and running yet, you can get tested at Portsmouth City Council’s test site.