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Get a coronavirus test

Following the Government’s plan for living with COVID-19, routine testing for the public will end on 31 March 2022. Our later Flow Test sites and our PCR sites will therefore be closed from 31 March.

You will still be able to get free home test kits up until 31 March. As long as your tests are in date, you can still use your home test kits, however you will no longer be able to report your results on the gov website after 31 March.

Whether you have coronavirus symptoms or not, there are lots of ways you can get tested in Barking and Dagenham.

If you would like to get your COVID-19 vaccination, please visit our vaccination page.

You can get a rapid test at the test sites below:

LocationOpening timesBooking
Dagenham Library, 1 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham RM10 9QS

10am to 6.45pm

Closed permanently from 31 March

Walk-in only
Barking Learning Centre (BLC), 2 Town Square, Barking IG11 7NB

10am to 6.45pm

Closed permanently from 31 March

Walk-in only

To get home-test kits you can also:

  • order home-tests online to be delivered to your home on GOV.UK
  • pick up, free of charge, from a limited number of participating pharmacies found on the NHS website
  • collect home-test kits from locations in the borough on the table below

Free distribution of home-test kits will end on 31 March.

Collection locationsCollections times
Barking Learning Centre, IG11 7NBEvery day 10am to 6.45pm
Dagenham Library, RM10 9QSEvery day 10am to 6.45pm

Please keep checking back for more information about testing centres as the situation is changing quickly.

If you’ve had your COVID vaccine, you should still be having a test twice a week.

If you have symptoms - PCR test

The three main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature 
  • a new, continuous cough 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste 

If you have any of these symptoms, isolate immediately and get a test. Only leave your home to get a test. There are three ways to get a test if you have symptoms:

  1. book a test online
  2. book a test by calling 119 
  3. going to one of the local vaccination centres listed below
LocationOpening times
Mayesbrook Park Car Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2JR (opposite Illchester Road)

8am to 6pm

Closed permanently from 31 March

Curzon Community Centre car park, Bastable Avenue, Barking IG11 0LG

8am to 6pm

Closed permanently from 6 March

The Leys Car Park, Ballards Road, Dagenham RM10 9AJ

8am to 6pm

Closed permanently from 31 March

You can get a test for:

  • yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now
  • someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms
  • yourself, if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery

COVID-19 test site FAQs