How to get a symptom-free test

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

Book a symptom-free test at The Deep End, Chatham

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

  • Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Sunday: 12 pm to 7pm.

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
  • walk-in 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:

Friday 30 July 2021

  • Rochester train station: 10am to 4pm
  • Dockside Shopping Centre, outside main entrance: 9am to 5pm.

Saturday 31 July 2021

  • Chatham High Street, Poundworld: 9am to 5pm.

Sunday 1 August 2021

  • Chatham, Pentagon Shopping Centre: 10am to 4pm.

Monday 2 August 2021

  • Chatham High Street, Poundworld: 9am to 5pm
  • The Strand Park (grass next to the car park): 10am to 6pm.

Tuesday 3 August 2021

  • Strood Retail Park (outside B&M): 9am to 5pm
  • Riverside Country Park: 10am to 6pm.

Wednesday 4 August 2021

  • Gillingham B&Q: 10am to 4pm
  • Capstone Country Park: 9am to 5pm. 

Thursday 5 August 2021

  • Rochester, Blue Boar Car Park: 9am to 5pm
  • Rainham Shopping Precinct: 10am to 4pm.

Friday 6 August 2021

  • Gillingham Street Angels, Skinner Street: 9am to 12.30pm
  • Strood, Friary Place: 2pm to 5pm
  • Chatham, Pentagon Shopping Centre: 10am to 6pm. 

Saturday 7 August 2021

  • Dockside Shopping Centre (inside main entrance): 10am to 5pm.

Sunday 8 August 2021

  • Rainham Shopping Precinct: 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 Tuesday to Saturday, 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.