Megacentre - Lateral Flow Testing

Date: 
Monday, January 18, 2021

Up to 250 rapid COVID-19 tests are being administered every day from the Megacentre site, in Rayleigh, with local residents playing their part to stop the spread of the virus.

This fast testing centre is the fourth of its kind in Essex, offering  ‘Lateral Flow Tests’ which give results in just 30 minutes.

The tests are ONLY for people for who DO NOT have symptoms, and are being dispensed from 7am until 6pm Monday to Friday.

Revd Scott Williamson, CEO of the Megacentre, said: “It’s great to be able to offer this venue for testing purposes, and it builds upon what we have been doing in the past year in working with the community to defeat COVID together.

“We have parking here and it’s easily accessible, and we are finding that the hours of operation mean people can visit around their working hours.

“I have been tested quite a few times myself, and so have my staff, and we’ve found it to be easy, safe, and it only takes a couple of minutes.”

Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Simon Wootton, said: “It is very reassuring to see that Rochford District residents are working together to stop the spread of coronavirus in our community, with up to 250 people a day taking the initiative to book these rapid tests.

“This is critical in ensuring those who may not be displaying symptoms can identify that they are carrying virus and self-isolate immediately, protecting others from harm.

“I would like to thank our partners at the Megacentre in doing such an incredible job in supporting this fast and efficient service by providing a venue, and for continuing to support our residents throughout the pandemic.” 

The Rayleigh Testing Centre is situated at The MegaCentre, 7 Brook Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7UT.

Tests are by appointment only and bookings should be made online.

Anyone booking should live in the Rochford district of Essex. You can book a test through the following webpage: https://www.essex.gov.uk/getting-tested-for-covid-19/if-you-dont-have-symptoms

Booking online should be the quickest and most effective option for residents seeking a Lateral Flow Test. If you're not able to book using the online form, you can call 0333 772 6144 to arrange an appointment.

Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, every day including Saturday and Sunday. You can also email: booking.confirmation@nhs.net and a member of staff will contact you to arrange an appointment.

Anyone WITH symptoms should book a test via the NHS Test and Trace App, or at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test