Coronavirus tests in Sussex

There are several sites in Sussex where tests can be booked. You should get a test if you either:

If you have symptoms, you and other people in your household must self-isolate. Only leave your home to visit a test site.

How to book a test

Tests in Sussex are arranged nationally. You can book a test online or by calling 119. You can choose to visit a testing site or order a kit for at home. You should book an appointment to visit one of our test sites.

The main drive-through testing sites in Sussex are at:

  • Plumpton
  • Bexhill
  • Gatwick
  • Tangmere airfield near Chichester

There are walk-through sites in Sussex at:

  • Eastbourne
  • Hastings

If there are no slots at these sites, you will be offered an appointment at the next closest testing site. If you are not able to get to the alternative site, try to book again a few hours later.

Mobile testing units also operate in Sussex on certain days. These will be publicised in advance.

Control the virus

You can help to control the virus by:

  • Self-isolate immediately for 10 days if you have the virus or think you may have it and get tested.
  • Other people in your household should self-isolate for 14 days from the time your symptoms start.
  • If you test positive for coronavirus, share details of people who’ve been in close contact when the NHS test and trace service get in touch with you.
  • Even if you don’t think you have the virus, stay two metres apart from other people whenever you can.
  • Wear a facemask in shops or enclosed public spaces.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • From Thursday 5 November, you should not leave your home except for one of the specific purposes set out in the new national restrictions for England.

Outbreak control plan

To support the test and trace service East Sussex County Council, in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, has developed the East Sussex Outbreak Control Plan. This sets out our plans to prevent and respond to cases of Covid-19 in our communities.