COVID-19 testing in Suffolk

Testing is a key part of the national COVID-19 response, with the testing facility at Copdock being well-used.

Regional testing centre

A regional testing centre for Suffolk and surrounding areas can be found at:

  • London Road Park and Ride, Copdock, Ipswich

It is open from 8am to 7pm, every day.

What are mobile testing units?

Mobile testing units mobilised by the Ministry of Defence are now enabling more people to be tested across Suffolk. These are particularly useful for those who cannot easily access the regional testing centre at Copdock.

More locations across Suffolk are seeing visits from mobile testing units to test eligible people for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Where are the mobile testing units in Suffolk?

Planned visits for mobile testing units in Suffolk are as follows:

  • Bury St Edmunds Sunday 24 May / Wednesday 27 May / Sunday 31 May
  • Eye Sunday 24 May / Wednesday 27 May / Sunday 31 May
  • Haverhill Monday 25 May / Thursday 28 May / Monday 1 June
  • Leiston Monday 25 May / Wednesday 27 May / Monday 1 June
  • Lowestoft Saturday 23 May / Tuesday 26 May / Thursday 28 May / Saturday 30 May / Tuesday 2 June 
  • Newmarket Friday 22 May / Tuesday 26 May / Friday 29 May / Tuesday 2 June

The Suffolk Resilience Forum, comprising of the Suffolk’s NHS, Emergency and Public Services, is currently finalising details for further sites in the coming weeks.

Other regional mobile testing unit sites include:

  • Clacton Tuesday 26 May / Thursday 28 May / Tuesday 2 June
  • Diss Friday 22 May / Friday 29 May
  • Harwich Friday 22 May / Wednesday 27 May / Sunday 31 May
  • Thetford Saturday 23 May / Sunday 24 May / Saturday 30 May / Sunday 31 May

Who can ask for a test?

On 18 May 2020, the government announced that anyone over the age of 5 years old, who is showing coronavirus symptoms, can be tested.

You can ask for a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms

This service is for people in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Details for those in Wales can be found on the Welsh Government website

The tests are not suitable for children under 5 years old. 

Visit the government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested website for full details and to apply for a test. Alternatively, you can call 119 to book a test.

Testing for essential workers

If you’re an essential worker in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK by following the guidance for essential workers. You can also get tested through this route if you have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker.

These tests for essential workers are prioritised over the tests available for the wider public through the NHS.

You can arrange your test through the self-referral or employer referral test booking routes.

Testing for essential workers in Waveney

The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is offering local coronavirus tests to key workers such as teachers, transport distribution and food sectors, to help them remain in work and continue to support their communities. This also applies to members of their household who may have coronavirus symptoms causing the key worker to self-isolate.

PLEASE NOTE: This testing offer is not part of the national testing capability and employers need to pre-register through Norfolk and Waveney CCG before their employees (key workers) can book at test. 
For more information on this testing, visit the Norfolk and Waveney CCG website.

Apply for coronavirus tests for a care home

A new online portal that makes it easy for care homes to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been launched by the government (12 May).

As the national testing capacity has increased, the government is prioritising testing for care homes and other areas with the greatest need.

All symptomatic and asymptomatic care home staff and residents in England are now eligible for testing. Testing will be prioritised for care homes that look after the over 65s.

Read about applying for coronavirus tests for a care home.