Council urges residents to get tested as third rapid testing site opens in Lewisham

A third rapid Covid-19 testing centre in Lewisham is set to open next week as the Council calls on residents who can’t work from home to get tested twice a week.

The testing centre, at Deptford Lounge, will open on Monday and provide tests that take no longer than 30 minutes to get results.

Lewisham Council is offering the rapid tests to anyone without coronavirus symptoms who needs to leave the home for work – including key workers, volunteers and unpaid carers.

Dr Catherine Mbema, Director of Public Health for Lewisham said: “Since we introduced rapid testing in Lewisham, over seven thousand residents have received a rapid test at one of our sites.

“By getting a regular rapid test people who need to leave their homes for work, volunteering or caring responsibilities are helping to protect the people around them.”

One in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising putting their friends and families at risk.

Rapid tests can be completed as quickly as ten minutes and it usually takes no longer than 30 minutes for the results to be delivered by email or text message.

Rachel, Test centre worker said: “Getting a test is quick and easy. You get your results usually around 30 minutes after leaving the centre. It’s so important to get regularly tested to stop Covid-19 spreading.”

Appointments are available at three sites in Lewisham:

Deptford Lounge, Deptford – Mon – Sat

Green Man, Downham – Sun – Fri

Civic Suite, Catford Mon – Sat

Weekday 09.30 – 16.00

Weekend 09.30 – 14.00

To book a test online visit Walk-in tests are now available at the Civic Suite and Green Man each day after 11am, but it may take a little longer to complete the test.



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