Coronavirus tests in Sussex

The testing service is experiencing delays nationwide. You should only get a test if you:

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:

  • Bexhill
  • Gatwick
  • Tangmere airfield near Chichester

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 Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors.

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.