COVID-19 testing

Testing is a key part of the national COVID-19 response, with our nearest testing facility at Copdock, Ipswich, being well-used.

Visit the ECC COVID-19 testing page which is updated regularly

Where can you get tested?

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

Who is eligible to be tested for COVID-19?

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.

If you are an essential worker and you meet the criteria, book a test on GOV.UK.

What are mobile testing units?

Mobile testing units mobilised by the Ministry of Defence are now enabling more people to be tested. These are particularly useful for those who cannot easily access the testing facility at Copdock.

Care home test kits

Visit GOV.UK to find out who can apply and how to apply for care home test kits.

Additional NHS testing in North East Essex and Suffolk

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

Additional testing in Mid and South Essex

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 or email mse.stafftesting@nhs.net.

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.

Concerned about possible testing scams?

We have put together some information to help you avoid being caught out by testing scams: Assist with Track and Trace Information

Last updated on: 16/07/2020 - 12:04