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The location of every asymptomatic testing site in Kent as 5 more open – Kent Live

https://www.kentlive.news/news/health/location-every-asymptomatic-testing-site-4879613

Kent County Council has announced the opening of another five COVID-19 symptom free test centres in Kent.

The five new centres will open in various locations across Kent this week bringing the total up to 19.

These sites, joining the 14 existing centres across the county, are for those who don’t have any coronavirus symptoms but may still be spreading the virus.

The council says this is part of it’s rolling programme to help reduce the transmission rates of COVID-19 in Kent.

The five new centres will be opening in Swanscombe, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Maidstone and Hawkinge.

All the sites will be open every day between 9am and 7pm.

Children can also be booked in to be tested provided they are over five years old and will need to be assisted at the site from a parent/carer.

The council are recommending that people are tested every two weeks if possible.

Those being tested will need to bring a QR code app reader or the NHS app installed onto their mobile phone.

With the opening of the new five centres, it will be possible for 17,000 tests to be given across Kent daily.

53,260 tests have been carried out so far with 526 positive cases giving a positive testing rate of 0.99 per cent.

‘The opportunity to make significant strides’

Speaking regarding the rollout, KCC Leader Roger Gough said: “I previously outlined four crucial actions that will help us get out of tier four restrictions – following the guidelines; symptom-free testing; contact tracing and enforcement.

“Rapid testing, combined with additional resources in contact tracing, gives us the opportunity to make significant strides in identifying and containing the virus across the county.”

He added: “The symptom-free testing sites are being set up using funding from central government to support local councils in tier 4 to help reduce rates of COVID-19 and we have also received support from the military.

“The opening of these sites has been a huge partnership effort between Kent County Council, central Government and the 12 district and borough councils.

“We are working together to do everything we can to help Kent out of this situation.”

Kent County Council Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said: “Symptom-free testing sites will help people to come forward and book themselves regular tests so we can find those who may be unknowingly transmitting the virus either at home or at work.

“I would ask employers across the county to help with this by encouraging their staff to regularly attend for a test.

“Remember, up to 1 in 3 people may have COVID-19 without any symptoms at all and with this new strain that is more transmissible, we need to identify those people and encourage them to isolate so we break the chain of transmission.

“The message to everyone across Kent is to keep following the restrictions and stay at home if possible.

“It’s important to self-isolate, not only after receiving a positive test result but also while you wait for the results.”

Booking a test

To book a test and for more information go to www.kent.gov.uk/symptomfreetest

Residents attending this testing will undergo a lateral flow swab test and will receive their result within a couple of hours of attending the test by text or email.

If they are positive, they will be told to self-isolate, follow the national guidance and they will be instructed to have a PCR test to confirm their positive result.

If they are negative, they must still continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public and regularly wash hands.

New site locations

In addition to sites already running across the county, people can now book for tests from today (January 12) using the link www.kent.gov.uk/symptomfreetest at the following venues (sites opening within the next week):

  • Swanscombe Centre Craylands Ln, DA10 0LP (open from 15 Jan)
  • Bat and Ball Centre, Cramptons Road Sevenoaks TN14 5DN (open from 15 Jan)
  • The Dray, The Hop Farm, Maidstone Rd, Paddock Wood, Beltring, Tonbridge TN12 6PY (open from 16 Jan)
  • Hawkinge Community Centre CT18 7FP (open from 16 Jan)
  • Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ (open from 18 Jan).

Full list of asymptomatic testing sites

  • Ashford – Unit 1 Eurogate Business Park, Thomson Road, Ashford TN24 8XW
  • Canterbury – Sidney Cooper Gallery, 22-23 St Peter’s Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ
  • Dartford – Fairfield Leisure Centre, Lowfield Street, Dartford DA1 1JB
  • Dartford – Swanscombe Centre Craylands Lane, DA10 0LP
  • Dover – Dover Discovery Centre, York St CT16 1PH
  • Folkestone and Hythe – Folkestone Library, 2 Grace Hill, Folkestone CT20 1HD
  • Folkestone and Hythe – Hawkinge Community Centre, Heron Forstal Avenue, Hawkinge, Folkestone CT18 7FP
  • Gravesham – Northfleet Youth Club, Hall Road, Gravesend DA11 8AJ
  • Maidstone – Kent Showground, Detling ME14 3JF
  • Maidstone – Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XQ
  • Sevenoaks – Bat and Ball Centre, Cramptons Road, Sevenoaks TN14 5DN
  • Sevenoaks – Swanley Youth Club, St Mary’s Road BR8 7BU
  • Swale – Kemsley Community Centre, Ridham Avenue, Kemsley ME10 2SF
  • Swale – Sheerness East Working Mens’ Club and Institute, 47 Queenborough Road, Halfway, Sheerness, Kent , ME12 3BZ
  • Thanet – Terminal Building, Ramsgate Port, Military Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9FT.
  • Thanet – The Centre, Birchington, Alpha Road, Birchington CT7 9EG
  • Tonbridge and Malling – Larkfield Library Martin Square, Larkfield, ME20 6QW
  • Tonbridge and Malling – The Dray, The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Beltring, Tonbridge TN12 6PY
  • Tunbridge Wells – Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU.