New fast Covid-19 testing centre opens in Chelmsford

New fast Covid-19 testing centre opens in Chelmsford

A new fast testing centre is now open in Chelmsford for those who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19.

The new Chelmsford Testing Centre is situated at Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN.

Details on how to access the site and nearby parking is available on booking.

This testing centre joins the line-up of existing centres in Rayleigh at the Megacentre, the Civic Centre in Harlow, the Nightingale Centre in Brentwood, the Towngate Theatre in Basildon, The Place Leisure Centre in Pitsea and Theydon Bois Village Hall in Epping.

These centres are among the first of their kind in the region, offering 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.

Tests are by appointment only and bookings should be made online. Anyone booking should live in the Chelmsford district of Essex. You can book a test here.

Booking online should be the quickest and most effective option for residents seeking a Lateral Flow Test.

If you're not able to book using the online form, you can call 0333 772 6144 to arrange an appointment. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, every day including Saturday and Sunday.

You can also email: booking.confirmation@nhs.net and a member of staff will contact you to arrange an appointment.

Anyone WITH symptoms should book a test via the NHS Test and Trace App, or here.

This additional centre has been established in response to the current infection rate in the district of Chelmsford now reaching 1032.0 per 100,000 (according to the latest available data, released on 7 January 2020).

Dr Mike Gogarty, Essex’s Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Infection rates in Chelmsford are rising rapidly and local NHS services are coming under significant strain as a result of the new variant of Covid-19. A ‘critical incident’ had been declared with critical care and bed capacity rising as well as high staff sickness and self-isolation levels.

“This additional testing centre will allow us to test even more people in the worst affected areas where we continue to see worryingly high rates. Since the start of December, over 22,000 people have already been tested at the fast testing centres we have opened.

“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."

Last updated 11 January 2021