Coronavirus tests in Sussex


We’re working with local authorities in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove to provide symptom-free community testing.

A short pilot is underway with health and care staff, Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire Service staff who must leave home for work. Testing is at participating pharmacies and two dedicated symptom-free testing sites.

As more pharmacies sign up, we will offer symptom-free tests for everyone who lives or works in Sussex who cannot work from home, and who does not have access to a symptom-free test through other routes.

More information will be published here in the coming weeks.

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. 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 for 10 days if you have the virus or think you may have it and get tested, including taking a positive test but being asymptomatic.
  • From Monday 14 December, the self-isolation period is changing from 14 to 10 days and if you have you have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, you should 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 local restrictions for England.

Testing scheme for businesses with 50 or more employees

National government has announced a scheme of asymptomatic testing for businesses who employ 50 or more people and whose employees cannot work from home

Register to order coronavirus tests for your employees.

Testing for Personal assistants

Weekly symptom free COVID-19 testing is available to personal assistants who provide care and support (either employed or self-employed) to an adult over the age of 18. Find out more in our COVID-19 guidance for Personal Assistants.

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.