The Leader of Medway Council and Medway’s Director of Public Health are encouraging everyone who lives or works in Medway to book symptom-free coronavirus tests twice a week.
With more people anticipated to be out in the community over the coming months as part of the government’s roadmap to recovery plans, it remains just as important that people continue to regularly take a symptom-free coronavirus test to protect themselves, their families and people around them. One in three people with coronavirus have no symptoms, meaning that someone could be highly infectious without being aware of it.
Medway was the first area in the south-east to launch symptom-free testing in December 2020 and so far, more than 129,000 tests have been carried out in Medway. Of those, 1,266 people tested positive for coronavirus and were immediately told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace programme.
We are continuing to offer symptom-free testing for everyone who lives or works in Medway.
Residents can book a symptom-free test at Chattenden Community Centre, The Oast in Rainham, The Deep End in Chatham and at MidKent College in Gillingham.
Residents can also order home testing kits online, or they can be collected from collection centres across Medway, including selected pharmacies. Residents must record all home test results online, on the government’s website.
New outreach teams will also work with community organisations to offer testing to harder to reach groups and communities who may find it difficult to access testing sites.
Residents can also get tested at pop-up testing sites. The next pop-up Strood Gospel Mission Church in Brompton Lane and residents will be able to book tests from Tuesday, 20 April to Thursday, 22 April. The pop-up site will then move to St Paul’s Church, Parkwood Green, Rainham, from Tuesday, 27 April until Thursday, 29 April. Residents will be able to book appointments at St Paul’s Church on Monday, 19 April.
Secondary school pupils, college students and teaching staff are also being encouraged to regularly take a coronavirus test in line with government guidance, and schools and colleges have testing kits available to assist with this.
Parents, carers and relatives of schoolchildren (at primary, secondary or college age), as well as residents in childcare and support bubbles, are also encouraged to take symptom-free tests and can collect symptom-free home testing kits from their nearest home test collection centre or order them online. Eligible households are encouraged to take the tests at home twice a week.
We cannot be complacent
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We all want to get back to doing the things we love, when it is safe to do so, but we cannot be complacent. Testing is a vital tool in the fight against coronavirus and I would encourage residents to continue to get take symptom-free coronavirus tests twice a week to help protect themselves, and their loved ones. Medway’s infection rate remains below the national average which is thanks to the hard work of all of our residents. We are all looking forward to the next two stages in the government’s roadmap to recovery but, to get there we all need to continue to follow the current guidelines.”
It has never been easier to get tested
James Williams, Medway Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Symptom-free testing helps reduce the spread of coronavirus and stops people from, unknowingly, passing on this deadly disease. It is vital that everyone who lives and works in Medway, even if they have received their vaccination, continues to take symptom-free coronavirus tests twice a week to help protect themselves, and our Medway community. It has never been easier to get tested and there are a number of ways you can access testing including visiting one of our test centres, collecting home testing kits and you can even order them directly to your home.”
Book a coronavirus test
No symptoms: If you do not have any symptoms of coronavirus book your test online
Symptoms: If you have coronavirus symptoms, such as a cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste, self-isolate and book a test as soon as possible online or by phoning 119.