Coronavirus information and guidance

Getting tested for COVID-19

Who can get tested?

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus can now get tested. If you have symptoms you should apply for the test straight away.

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.

Where can you get tested?

Depending on availability, you may be offered a test at:

  • one of the national testing centres – nearest is Stansted
  • or at local mobile testing site. Locations vary each week. Check current locations

If you’re unable to visit a test centre

You can book a home test on GOV.UK. Home testing can take longer and it is easier to take the test at a test centre so we recommend going to a test centre if you can.

Priority testing for key workers in Southend

Staff swabbing (PCR Testing) for COVID-19

Staff swabbing (PCR Testing) for COVID-19 continues to be offered for NHS employees only (Acute, Mental Health, Community/Hospice, Primary Care, CCGs) at the following three locations:

  • Orsett Hospital – Orsett
  • Broomfield Hospital – Chelmsford
  • Garon Park – Southend

Staff members, or members of their household with symptoms of COVID-19 can be offered the opportunity to be tested. This includes members of your household who have symptoms of COVID-19.

For referrals of staff/family members: contact your line manager to arrange a test for you or your household family members.

Please note: Staff outside of the NHS should use the national testing services available which include national sites, mobile testing units (more information below) and home delivery.

Care home test kits

Coronavirus testing is available for all care home residents and staff regardless of whether they are symptomatic or not.  To apply for a test kit, you must be a CQC Registered care home manager.

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

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