More fast testing centres launch in Essex

Content originally from Essex.Gov.UK

If you don’t have symptoms

Why should I get tested?

You may be unaware you have coronavirus if you are showing no symptoms. And you could, unknowingly, be passing it on to family, friends and loved ones. The more of us that get tested, the quicker we can stop the spread.

What is a lateral flow test (LFT)?

A lateral flow test (LFT) allows people who have no symptoms to find out if they are infected, but not know it yet. It’s a rapid test, and you can get a result within 20-30 minutes.

Who can get tested?

Currently, residents of Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Rochford and Tendring, who do not have symptoms, can book a test online. See locations listed below. Other centres will be opening up shortly.

How do I book an appointment?

Tests are by appointment only, and you must live in one of the areas listed above.

You can book a test by creating a profile and using our online form.
(This link will take you to our partner site, run by Commisceo/NHS)

Book a test

You can also email: and a member of staff will contact you to arrange an appointment.

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.

Note: These tests are only for people who don’t have symptoms.
If you have symptoms, you need to book a test with GOV.UK.
Also, you shouldn’t get a test if you have recently received a positive test.

Where are the test centres?


Towngate Theatre, St. Martins Square, SS14 1DL
The Place Leisure Centre, 13 Northlands Pavement, Pitsea, SS13 3DU


The Nightingale Centre, Pastoral Way, Warley, CM14 5WF


Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN
(Please note: There is no parking on site. The nearest parking is located in High Chelmer shopping centre)


Colchester Leisure Centre, Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue, CO1 1YH

Epping Forest:

Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, CM16 7ER


Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, College Square, CM20 1WG


The MegaCentre, 7 Brook Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7UT


Long Meadows Community Centre, Long Meadows, Harwich, CO12 4US

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive, you will be asked to self-isolate, and take a further test (known as a PCR test) to confirm the result of the first test. Find out what you must do and how to get support if you are self isolating.

What happens if I test negative?

You must remember to continue to follow guidance on social distancing, keep 2m from other people, and remember – Hands Face Space.