December 2021 alert

If you are finding that pharmacies in Portsmouth have run out of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test kits you can visit the Somerstown Central Hub asymptomatic testing centre to collect up to 2 boxes of tests (14 tests) per household.  You are encouraged to take a Lateral Flow Test test while you are collecting your kit so that the results can be included in the realtime NHS data they are collecting on the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

You can find the Somerstown Central Hub on Rivers Street, Southsea PO5 4EY

Open Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm and Sat 8am-12pm.

Christmas and New Year opening times:

24 December: 8am-4pm
25-28 December: CLOSED
29-31 December: 8am-4pm
1-3 January: CLOSED
4 January: 8am-6pm

Anyone over the age of 16 can call in to collect test kits from participating pharmacies or test sites to use at home.



There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you’re getting tested.

The 2 main tests are:

  • PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they’re sent to a lab to be checked
  • rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test

Both tests are free.

Regular tests if you do not have symptoms

Anyone can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms.

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus.

If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

Other reasons to get tested

Confirming a previous test result

Get a PCR test as soon as possible if:

  • you’ve done a rapid lateral flow test and had a positive result or your test sample could not be read (void result)
  • you had a PCR test and your test sample could not be read

If you have symptoms, stay at home until you get the result of the 2nd test.

Get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19 on GOV.UK

If you’re self-isolating because you’ve been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive

If you’ve been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19 you can get a PCR test, whether or not you have symptoms.

What does close contact mean?

Getting tested can tell you if you had COVID-19 at the time you did the test.

If you test positive, you can help the NHS contact people who may have caught the virus from you. They can then self-isolate and avoid passing it on to others.

You must continue to self-isolate for the 10 full days even if your result is negative, as you could still become infectious.

Get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19 on GOV.UK