COVID-19 testing for people with symptoms

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

  • have symptoms
  • have been asked to get a test (for instance by the test and trace service)
  • you have received a positive result from a symptom-free lateral flow test either at home or at a community pharmacy

If you have symptoms, or have tested positive on a symptom-free lateral flow test, you and the other people in your household are legally required to 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. Alternatively, if you report coronavirus symtoms in the NHS COVID-19 app, you’ll be directed to where you can book a test.

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
  • Plumpton
  • Tangmere airfield near Chichester

There are walk-through sites in Sussex at:

  • Crowborough
  • Eastbourne
  • Hailsham
  • 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 if you think you may have the virus and get tested.
  • If you leave home to work, volunteer, provide care, or for school, you can take regular symptom-free tests to protect you and those around you. One in three people with the virus have no symptoms.
  • If you test positive or you have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days starting from the day after your exposure. More details about the self-isolation period.
  • 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 face mask in shops or enclosed public spaces.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Keep up to date with the 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.