Getting tested if you have no symptoms

Content originally from Chelmsford City Council

New Covid-19 testing centres are opening in Chelmsford for people who feel well and have no coronavirus symptoms. These centres are trying to find hidden cases in the Chelmsford area to help stop the spread of the virus in our city. 

Quick Testing

What: A new rapid testing centre in the city centre for people with no symptoms. These tests give results in around 30 minutes but if you test positive, you’ll likely to be asked to take PCR test which is sent off to a lab to confirm your result. 

Who: These are for people who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19, with a particular focus on  those in the Chelmsford area who cannot work from home and their families

Where: At the Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN. Details of how to access the site and nearby parking will be available upon booking. 

How to book: Tests are by appointment only and are best booked online here. If you’re not able to book online, you can call 0333 772 6144 to arrange an appointment. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm every day, including weekends. You can also email: and a member of staff will contact you to arrange an appointment. 

Take Home Testing

What: A new take-home testing site is also opening in Chelmsford with test kits available to be collected and then done at home. Swabs are sent to a lab and you’ll be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace team with your result. Once again, this centre is also ONLY for people with no symptoms. 

Who: These tests are also aimed at symptomless people in the Chelmsford area who can’t work from home but nobody who arrives for a test and is asymptomatic will be turned away while stocks are available.  

Where: The Cramphorn Studio entrance of Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford,  CM1 1JG. This site will be open between 11am and 3pm, Monday to Friday and parking is available close by at the Fairfield Road car park.  

How: You don’t need to book –simply turn up while this centre is open and collect a kit for yourself and any immediate family members who may need them. These tests are particularly useful if you can’t work from home and find it difficult to make a specific appointment. Just pick up your kit, do the test at home and drop it back to the collection point in the theatre. 


If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 then you must use the NHS testing system to book a test in the usual way. 

If you are required to self-isolate because of contact with someone with the virus, but you receive a negative test, you should still self-isolate for the entire period that you have been asked to do so.