Essex is on the high alert level, this does not include Southend and Thurrock who are on the medium alert level.
Check the latest guidance on what this means to keep yourself and others safe.
Getting tested for coronavirus
Updated 17 September 2020
Who can get tested?
Anyone who lives in Essex who has symptoms of coronavirus can now get tested.
You can book a test on the NHS website or call 119.
Where can you get tested?
Testing centres are run by the NHS and Ministry of Defence.
They may offer you a test centre, depending on availability, at:
- one of the national testing centres, in Stansted or Ipswich
- or at local mobile testing site. The NHS provide us with locations on a weekly basis for the week ahead. 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:
- West Suffolk Hospital: Request a test online
- Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals: Request a test online
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit the Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website.
Care home test kits
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