Bromley Council will open a second Covid-19 Rapid Test Unit at the Kentwood Centre in Penge next week in order to expand its programme of targeted testing for frontline staff and the community.
This follows the successful launch of the first site at the Civic Centre. Both centres offer Lateral Flow Tests for those over 18, without symptoms, with results received within 30 minutes to a smart phone or email address.
A proportion of people are asymptomatic and yet the virus is found to be present on testing and so they are in danger of spreading it to others without knowing. Lateral Flow Testing aims to identify those who may be spreading the virus inadvertently because they have no symptoms.
Tests were initially offered to front line staff to protect residents they come into contact with, but as the second site opens and capacity is expanded, care providers, police and fire services, businesses, the voluntary sector and targeted communities in the borough, as well as other members or the public who are over 18 can book tests.
Bookings must be made in advance through the council’s website at www.bromley.gov.uk/rapidtesting