Coronavirus information and advice for residents

Test and Trace


Covid-19 rates are high and rising fast in Newham and across London. Therefore, testing is now available in Newham for people with symptoms and selected priority groups of residents without symptoms.

If you have symptoms

Test appointments can be booked by calling 119 or visiting the GOV.UK website.

If you have any of the three main Covid-19 symptoms (new persistent cough, fever or loss/change of your sense of smell or taste) you should get tested at one of our drive-through or walk-through sites, or via a home test kit.

If you or someone in your household has symptoms you and your household should isolate for 10 days.

(From Monday 14 December 2020 the isolation period for contacts has been reduced to 10 days).

There are four ways to get tested if you have symptoms in Newham:

  • Walk through testing (Beckton, Hilda Road East Ham and Stratford locations, and temporary test sites at East Ham Town Hall and Newham Leisure Centre)
  • Drive through testing (Lea Valley Athletic Track and O2 Arena)
  • Home testing kits
  • Mobile testing unit (Details and availability on the online booking portal by clicking below or calling 119)

Booking is recommended for all testing options, and required for the drive through and temporary testing sites.

Testing sites are open over Christmas and New Year but will have shorter hours (9am - 3pm) on Bank Holidays.

Book a test if you have symptoms

For adults who do not have Covid-19 symptoms

For adults who do not have Covid-19 symptoms

Covid-19 testing is being offered to specific groups of Newham residents and employees even if they DO NOT have any symptoms.

In the community

This testing is only available to people aged 18+.

  • People who care for others (this may be paid or unpaid)
  • People who live in multi-generational households
  • People who live with someone who has a long-term condition or has been asked to shield
  • People who have to go out for work (can’t work from home)

If you meet one of the above criteria you can book a 30 minute rapid test

Book a rapid test here  

For more information please visit the Rapid Testing page.

If you have any further questions email [email protected] 

In education (staff and students)

  • You will receive information through your educational institute about the rollout of testing

Frontline public sector workers

  • You will receive information through employer about how to access testing

Test and Trace Service

If you have received a positive test, you will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service (or Newham Council). They will ask you to provide details of people you have been in close contact with over the last few days.

You may also be contacted by NHS Test and Trace if you have been in close contact with someone who has received a positive test result.

Find out more information about NHS Test and Trace on the NHS website.

If you have any questions about testing or the test and trace service you can contact our Newham COVID-19 Helpline at 020 7473 9711 or email [email protected].

The Helpline is open between 9am and 7pm, 7 days a week. Call handlers can speak multiple languages.

NHS Covid App

After being piloted in Newham and the Isle of Wight, the NHS COVID App is now available to download for everyone over 16 years old in England.

To find out more, visit our NHS Covid App-19 page for details on downloading the app, QR codes for businesses and frequently asked questions.