Extra PCR testing options remain in Oxford with two new sites

Published: Monday, 19th July 2021

All adults in Oxford City will continue to be able to get a PCR test at extra testing centres that are located in the city in response to steeply rising cases and will remain until at least 24 July.

Two additional testing units are now also being set up to increase capacity further. Over 4,400 people have been tested over the last fortnight since the mobile testing units were moved to the city on 3 July.

Cases in the city are now falling – however, there has been a 21 per cent rise in cases in those aged between 30 and 59. Those aged 18 to 29 still make up more than half of cases overall.

The mobile testing units are open for business 10am - 8pm (no appointment is needed):

The venues are:

  • South Park (St Clement’s end)
  • The Blavatnik School of Government, Walton Street (on the right hand side of the front of the building)
  • Manzil Way Gardens, Cowley Road.
  • NEW: Headington carpark, Old High Street (behind Waitrose)
  • NEW: Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre carpark, Pegasus Road (behind the leisure centre adjacent to the football pitch)

The testing centres at Oxford Brookes University and Osney Lane are also open every day 8am - 8pm, including for those without symptoms, but people need to book an appointment on gov.uk.

“We’ve had good take up of the testing units so far, thank you to everyone who has taken part. With the new sites in Blackbird Leys and Headington we can offer easy, accessible testing in more residential areas around the city. Covid cases are still high in Oxford, please come and get a test.

"Don’t guess at whether you’ve been put at risk, know your covid status to help keep friends and family safe.”

Councillor Louise Upton, Cabinet Member for Safer, Healthier Oxford

“It’s been a great community effort to drive down the number of cases in the city – thank you to everyone who has taken part so far. However, cases remain significantly higher than a month ago and above the national, south-east and Oxfordshire averages.

“With all of these testing options centred on the city, now is the time for people to get tested and do their bit to help stop the spread of the virus. No booking is required so this is a very simple thing to do. Let’s work together to drive down these case numbers even further.”

Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health