Testing is a key part of the national COVID-19 response.
Page contents (click on section you wish to visit):
- Testing if you have symptoms
- Testing if you do not have symptoms
- Care home test kits
- Additional NHS testing (North Essex and Suffolk)
- Additional NHS Testing (Mid and South Essex)
- Testing scam warning
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.
Depending on availability, you may be offered a test at:
- a local mobile testing site. Locations vary each week. Check current locations.
- or one of the national testing centres, in Stansted or Ipswich
A mobile testing site is a unit mobilised by the Ministry of Defence. These are particularly useful for those who cannot easily access the testing facility at Copdock (Ipswich).
Walk-in Covid testing centre at Alton Road car park
From Friday, 30 April, appointments are for people with symptoms and can be booked in the usual way (via the online national site or calling 119).
Residents, who do NOT have Covid-19 symptoms, are able to collect and take away two boxes of seven tests, to undertake regular twice weekly testing at home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The self-test kits are simple to use and offer quick results.
Use the link below to check collection points, availability, opening times and locations.
Visit GOV.UK to find out who can apply and how to apply for care home test kits.
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
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.
For more information, visit the Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website.
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.
We have put together some information to help you avoid being caught out by testing scams: Assist with Track and Trace Information