New fast Covid-19 testing centre opens today in Harlow

 New fast Covid-19 testing centre opens today in Harlow

From today, Friday 8 January 2021, a new fast testing centre opens in Harlow for those who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19.

The new Harlow Testing Centre is situated at The Civic Centre, Water Gardens College Square, Harlow, CM20 1WG.

This testing centre is the fifth of its kind in Essex joining the line-up of existing centres at The Nightingale Centre in Brentwood, The Towngate Theatre in Basildon, The MegaCentre in Rayleigh and The Place Leisure Centre in Pitsea.

The new 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 Harlow 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 Harlow now reaching 1289.3 per 100,000. Latest data is avalable here.

An additional mobile testing unit capacity has also been secured at Harlow Football Club, exact dates and times are being worked through and more details will be available in the coming days.

Dr Mike Gogarty, Essex’s Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Infection rates in Harlow 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’ was declared last week, 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. We know that over 5,000 people have already been tested at the first three fast testing centres which 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."

More details about testing can be found here.

Last updated 8 January 2021