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 centres

You can book a symptom-free test at:

  • Chattenden Community Centre
    Open Monday to Sunday: 9am to 7pm
  • The Oast House Rainham
    Open Monday to Sunday, 9am to 7pm
  • The Deep End Chatham
    Open Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 10:30am, Sunday: 9am to 7pm
  • MidKent College Gillingham
    Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 6pm

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

Book a symptom-free test

If you've had your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should still 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 local 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.

Pop-up test site locations

Strood Gospel Mission Church, Brompton Lane, Rochester, ME2 3BQ

  • Tuesday 20 April 2021 to Thursday 22 April 2021
  • 9am to 7pm.

St Paul's Church, Parkwood Green, ME8 9PN

  • Tuesday 27 April 2021 to Thursday 29 April 2021
  • 9am to 7pm. 

Book a pop-up test site visit now

We will update this page when new pop-up test centres are available to book.

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 Chattenden, Rainham, Chatham or MidKent College testing centres, 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 for eligible households only. You do not need to book.

You can also collect home test kits from COVID-19 home test collection centres, 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

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.