Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHS Test and Trace

Testing for Covid-19

If you have one of the Covid symptoms, get a free test straightway by contacting or call 119  

The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature,
  • a new, continuous cough and a loss or
  • change to your sense of smell or taste.

Isolate immediately for 10 days, don’t wait for a test result before doing so.

For those with symptoms

There are three PCR testing sites in the borough located at St Paul's Cray, Crystal Palace Park and Norman Park.

NHS book a test

Testing for Covid-19 if you do not have symptoms

The council has set up two rapid testing sites one at Bromley CIvic Centre and the other at the Kentwood Centre in Penge. Both use lateral flow testing for those who do not have symptoms as one in three who test positive do not exhibit any symptoms.

Regular lateral flow testing in Bromley is for over 18s and is primarily intended for those who come into contact with people outside their own household or bubble as part of their everyday circumstances, such as key workers who perform necessary work outside their home. This regular testing aims to identify those with the virus but no symptoms so that they can self-isolate which means not going out at all and keeping a distance from household members if at all possible. This aims to prevent further spread of the virus by people who would otherwise not know they are passing it on because they do not feel unwell.

For those with no Covid-19 symptoms

Book a rapid test

Test and trace guidelines

The test and trace service helps to reduce the spread of the virus across Bromley. For guidance on how the NHS Test and Trace system works and what to expect if you are contacted by a contact tracer visit:

You should not get tested:

  • If you have returned from abroad or are about to travel
  • If you are returning to the workplace
  • If you have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms.

Only get a test if you have one of the symptoms of Covid-19

If you take a test, you should get the results within 24 hours

If someone in your household gets symptoms, they must also get tested.

Test and trace support payment

If you are told to self-isolate by the NHS test and trace service and you will lose income by doing so, you may be able to claim a £500 test and trace support payment

Apply for test and trace support payment


The NHS COVID-19 app is part of the large-scale NHS Test and Trace service. The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code, and helps to identify where and how quickly the virus is spreading. The app will not track you or your location but will alert you if you have spent time near other app users who later test positive for coronavirus.

Visit to learn more, download the NHS COVID-19 app, and help protect our communities from further spread of COVID-19.

For guidance on how to install the app on your smartphone visit and find guides for installing the app on to an Android or Apple smartphone.

Guidance in other

Covid-19 vaccinations

The NHS has begun to roll out Covid-19 vaccination in Bromley, but please don’t contact the NHS to be vaccinated, they will contact you when it’s your turn. For more information visit SE London CCG’s website.

Bromley’s local outbreak control plan

Our Bromley Covid-19 outbreak control plan explains how we will support our residents, communities and businesses to understand and follow public health advice to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus.
This includes advice to have a test if you develop symptoms and if you test positive for COVID-19, to help trace people who you have been in contact with through NHS Test and Trace so they can then self-isolate and help prevent further spread of infection.

The plan also explains our role in working with local and national partners to investigate, manage and control local outbreaks to keep Bromley safe.

Local outbreak planning together with testing and contact tracing – through NHS Test and Trace – is crucial to our ongoing response to coronavirus. The plan will continue to be reviewed and updated as we learn more at a local and national level.

Scams advice:Coronavirus

Be aware and protect yourself against coronavirus scams. Visit our rogue traders and scams page for advice on protecting yourself from scams and instructions on how to report a scam if you feel yourself or someone you know has been a victim of a scam.

Coronavirus guidance in other languages

Doctors of the World has produced guidance informed by government and NHS advice. This is translated into 60 languages – including Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, traditional and simplified Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali and Urdu.Some audio and video translations as well as written translations are available on the Doctors of the World website.

Sign language

The Deaf Health Charity: Sign Health has created a playlist of sign language health videos that summarise government coronavirus briefings. You can find more coronavirus explainer videos on the Sign

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