New rapid testing site for Romford workers.


A new rapid community testing site opened in the heart of Romford on Monday 22 March, offering rapid COVID-19 testing for anybody without symptoms.

Located at 40 High Street, RM1 1AN, opposite Havering Museum, the new site makes rapid testing easily available for anyone currently working in essential retail and offices in Romford Town Centre, and Romford Market.

One in three people who have COVID-19 do not show any symptoms, and as the country continues to open up from lockdown, it is now more important than ever to get tested twice per week and avoid spreading the virus unwittingly.

Appointments can be booked online through Havering’s COVID-19 testing page, and drop-in slots will be available throughout the day. The site is open from 8am – 5:30pm on weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm on weekends.  

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:

“It great that we have been able to open this new rapid testing site in such a central location in Romford, giving those who cannot work from home a place on their doorsteps to get tested twice-weekly.

“It is up to all of us to do our bit and make testing part of our daily schedules, especially as we follow the Government’s roadmap and continue to reopen non-essential retail and hospitality businesses.

“It is so quick and easy to get tested, and we are working on opening up more localised sites to make rapid testing as convenient as possible for everybody.”

You can also collect rapid home testing kits from any of Havering’s rapid testing sites, as well as the Borough’s Local Testing Sites.

Rapid home kits are available to households and support and childcare bubbles of those working in or attending a school or nursery.

From today, there are five rapid testing sites available across Havering, including one directly opposite Rainham Station for easy access to those working in the south of the borough.

The sites located within South Hornchurch and Gidea Park libraries are no longer available from today.

Testing is only available for those not showing symptoms. If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms, please DO NOT visit this site – you should self-isolate immediately and book a test online or by calling 119.

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