Getting tested for COVID-19

Who can get tested?

Anyone over the age of five, who has symptoms of coronavirus, can now get tested.

If you are an essential worker and you meet the criteria, book a test on GOV.UK.

Everyone else can book a test on the NHS website.

Where can you get tested?

Depending on availability, you may be offered a test at:

  • one of the national testing centres, in Stansted or Ipswich
  • or at local mobile testing site. Locations vary each week. Check current locations.

If you’re unable to visit a test centre

You may be able to book a home test on GOV.UK if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Additional NHS testing in North East Essex and Suffolk

Who is eligible?

NHS workers and their households who are showing symptoms:

Additional testing in Mid and South Essex

Who is eligible?

Essential clinical and non-clinical staff, including those working in primary care, community and mental health services, hospices, local authorities, care homes, domiciliary care and volunteers with symptoms:

  • Basildon, Southend or Chelmsford venues: Speak to your line manager who can provide access to an appointment or email mse.stafftesting@nhs.net.

For more information, visit the Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website.

Care home test kits

Visit GOV.UK to find out who can apply and how to apply for care home test kits.

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