How to get a symptom-free test | Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom-free testing | Medway Council

How to get a symptom-free test

Anyone who lives or works in Medway can book a coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom-free test.

One in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. Households are encouraged to have symptom-free tests twice a week to help prevent more COVID-19 outbreaks across Medway. Regular testing will help identify new infections quickly and protect our friends, family and colleagues from the virus.

Play your part now and help us get out of lockdown restrictions.

Symptom-free test centre

The Deep End Chatham

  • Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 1.30pm
  • Sunday: 8.30am to 7pm.

There are also walk-in test centres. You do not need to book to take a test at these locations. 

Book a symptom-free test

Booking slots are available on a first come, first served basis.

If you've had your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should continue to get regular symptom-free tests. This is because you can spread the virus to others without knowing.

Book a symptom-free test online

Check what you need to bring to your appointment

Households can also collect home test kits from COVID-19 home test collection centres, or order online.

Selected pharmacies also provide symptom-free home test kits.

Find your nearest one.

Other ways to get a symptom-free test

You can also get a symptom-free test at the following locations: 

  • home test kits: available from a range of locations across Medway (more details below)
  • secondary schools and colleges: regular testing will take place every week for students and staff
  • workplace testing: some workplaces will offer tests to employees. Our outreach teams will set up organisation-based testing at locations across Medway
  • pop-up test sites: these centres will be in community based settings to allow easy access to residents who do not live near a symptom-free test centre. They will include church halls, community halls, community hubs and shopping centres and other locations.

Walk-in pop-up test sites

You do not need to book to get a test at these test centres:

Green Street, Gillingham High Street

  • Tuesday 22 June 2021, 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 25 June 2021, 2pm to 5pm.

Friary Place, Strood

  • Tuesday 22 June 2021, 10am to 5pm.

Rainham Shopping Precinct

  • Wednesday 23 June 2021, 10am to 4pm.

Chatham High Street (outside Poundland)

  • Wednesday 23 June 2021, 9am to 5pm.

Rochester Railway Station

  • Thursday 24 June 2021, 9am to 5pm.

Chatham - The Paddock (between bus station and Pentagon entrance)

  • Thursday 24 June 2021, 9am to 5pm.

Street Angels, Skinner Street, Gillingham

  • Friday 25 June 2021, 9am to 12:30pm.

Dockside, Chatham

  • Friday 25 June 2021, 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 26 June 2021, 9am to 5pm.

B&Q Gillingham

  • Saturday 26 June 2021, 10am to 6pm.

Rochester Blue Boar Car Park

  • Sunday 27 June 2021, 10am to 4pm.

 We will update this page when new walk-in pop-up test centres are available.

Take a symptom-free test at home

Free home test kits are now available to anyone who lives or works in Medway.

When you book a symptom-free test at the Deep End testing centre, you will also be able to take away free home testing kits for you and your household.

We have a new collection-only site at Miss Twinkletons Fine Coffee House, Rochester, ME1 1EW. This site is open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm. It's a walk-in service and you do not need to book.

You can also collect home test kits from COVID-19 home test collection centres at the Oast House and Chattenden Community Centre, or order online.

Households with home test kits should test at home twice a week to help prevent more infections.

Get a symptom-free home test kit

Disposing of a home test kit

To safely dispose of the test kit, place all of the items from the test in your household waste bin.

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 such as a cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste, you must book a symptomatic test.

You can book your symptomatic test online, or phone 119.