Community testing for Covid-19

Community testing for Covid-19

As many as one in three people who have the virus don’t show symptoms and could be spreading the virus without knowing it.

To find positive cases more quickly and help save lives, a new community testing programme which provides rapid COVID-19 tests for people without symptoms has opened in the borough.

Two sites opened as part of a pilot run on Monday 21 December and became fully operational on Tuesday 22 December at the University of Greenwich’s Avery Hill and Greenwich campuses.

The test centres will allow residents to get tested with the results texted in just 30 mins – all to help identify those showing no symptoms, reduce the virus spreading, and keep our families and loved ones safe over the festive period.  The test is a lateral flow test is a throat and nasal swab which produces a result within 30-40 minutes. If you receive a positive result, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days and book a confirmatory test (information on how to book a confirmatory test will be provided separately). People without coronavirus symptoms can book a rapid COVID-19 test in advance.

Two more sites are due to be set up after Christmas.

To find out more and to book a test, click here.