Getting tested

If you don't have symptoms

Updated 1 March 2021

Why should I get tested?

You may be unaware you have coronavirus if you are showing no symptoms. And you could, unknowingly, be passing it on to family, friends and loved ones. The more of us that get tested, the quicker we can stop the spread.

What is a lateral flow test (LFT)?

A lateral flow test (LFT) allows people who have no symptoms to find out if they are infected, but not know it yet. It's a rapid test, and you can get a result within 20-30 minutes.

Who can get tested?

If you don't have symptoms and you live or work in Essex you can get a test. We have test centres set up in all districts. See locations listed below.

How do I get a test?

If you live or work in Essex, you can get a test by:

  • booking online
  • telephone
  • email

Note: These tests are only for people who don't have symptoms.
If you have symptoms, you need to book a test with GOV.UK.
Also, you shouldn't get a test if you have recently received a positive test.

Book online:

(This link will take you to our partner site, run by Commisceo/NHS)
Book a test

Email:

booking.confirmation@nhs.net

Telephone:

Call 0333 772 6144
Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, every day including Saturday and Sunday.

Test centre locations:

Click on the links below to see the centres on Google maps.

Basildon
Towngate Theatre, St. Martins Square, SS14 1DL
Braintree (Witham)
Witham Town Football Club, Spa Road, Witham, CM8 1UN
Brentwood
The Nightingale Centre, Pastoral Way, Warley, CM14 5WF
Castle Point
Waterside Farm Leisure Centre, Somnes Avenue, Canvey Island, SS8 9RA
Chelmsford
Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, CM1 1LN
(Please note: There is no parking on site. The nearest parking is located in High Chelmer shopping centre)
Colchester
Colchester Leisure Centre, Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue, CO1 1YH
Epping Forest
Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, CM16 7ER
Harlow
Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, College Square, CM20 1WG
Maldon
West Maldon Community Centre, Sunbury Way, CM9 6YH
Rochford
The MegaCentre, 7 Brook Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7UT
Tendring
Long Meadows Community Centre, Long Meadows, Harwich, CO12 4US
Uttlesford
Saffron Walden ECL, 39 Audley Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 3HD

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive, you will need to self-isolate. Find out what you must do and how to get support if you are self isolating.

What happens if I test negative?

You must remember to continue to follow guidance on social distancing, keep 2m from other people, and remember – Hands Face Space.

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