New Fast Covid-19 testing centre opens in Brentwood

New Fast Covid-19 testing centre opens in Brentwood

From today (Tuesday 22nd December, 2020), a new fast testing centre opens in Brentwood for those who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19.

The new Brentwood Testing Centre is situated at The Nightingale Centre, Pastoral Way, Warley, Brentwood, CM14 5WF.

This testing centre is the third of its kind in Essex, and will join The Towngate Theatre in Basildon and The Place Leisure Centre in Pitsea as one of the first places in the county and the region to offer new and fast Lateral Flow Tests to the wider population. The tests are ONLY for people for who DO NOT have symptoms and give results in around 30 minutes.

As a guide, this centre is for use by people who live in the target areas which correspond to Brentwood, particularly residents in Hutton and Brentwood North.

Tests are by appointment only, and anyone booking must live in one of the areas described above. Booking can be made online, by email or phone, details can be found in the coronavirus hub's Getting Tested section.

Please note phone lines can be busy, so please consider booking online in the first instance. Phone lines are open from 8am to 8pm, every day including Saturday and Sunday.

Anyone WITH symptoms should book a test via the NHS Test and Trace App, or at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

This additional centre has been established in response to the current infection rate in the borough of Brentwood now reaching 454 per 100,000.

Dr Mike Gogarty, Essex’s Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Infection rates in Brentwood are a concern, and local NHS services are coming under strain as a result.

“We must ensure that the brilliant staff at Basildon Hospital and Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford can continue to work for everyone.

“This additional testing centre will allow us to test even more people in the areas where we continue to see high rates.

“Testing people who feel well will help identify the hidden cases in the community – people who may be unwittingly infecting others. If you test positive with one of the new fast tests, you will be asked to self-isolate, and take a further test to confirm the initial result."

Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Essex County Council, said: “We are absolutely determined to do all we can to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in Essex, especially in the areas like Brentwood where we are seeing rates continue to increase.

“Targeted testing programmes are how we will continue to tackle this.

“Testing and self-isolation will do more than any other weapon in our armoury to limit the spread.

“Playing your part now means, along with following social distancing rules, going for a test if you live in an area which is being asked to do so.”

Last updated 22 December 2020