Coronavirus Updates


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

If you don’t have symptoms

Everyone in England should now take a rapid COVID-19 test, known as a lateral flow test for people without symptoms, twice a week to help stop the spread of coronavirus. One in three people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms, so you should take a rapid test twice a week to help stop the spread and get us back to normal quickly. 

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


Location Opening times Booking
Dagenham Library, 1 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham RM10 9QS 10am to 6.45pm Walk-in only
Barking Learning Centre (BLC), 2 Town Square, Barking IG11 7NB

10am to 6.45pm

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
Collection locations Collections times
Barking Market, IG11 8EU Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10.30 to 4.30
Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, IG11 8DQ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am to 5pm
Barking Learning Centre, IG11 7NB Every day 10am to 6.45pm
Dagenham Library, RM10 9QS Every day 10am to 6.45pm

Guidance from NHS:

 Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test.

 Coronavirus symptoms are:

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

 You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can choose to take the test:

  • at a test site near you today
  • with a home test kit

This service is for people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested.

Do not use this service to get a test in order to travel to another country. You can pay for a private test.

This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.


Guidance regarding hand washing:

The World Heath Organization have stated that cleaning your hands regularly can help the spread of any virus. Please click here to see a NHS guide to washing your hands in the appropriate way.

Click on this link for further information:

Advice for the public (