Cllr Danny Thorpe
Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Council at the testing site

Published: Monday, 15th March 2021

Everyone living in Royal Greenwich is being strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 test over the coming weeks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and reduce the risk of further lockdown

As part of a new mass testing programme launching today (Monday 15 March), residents will receive a letter from the Royal Borough of Greenwich inviting the entire household to take a rapid test between now and 14 April, at a testing site local to them.

Around one in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. By testing as many people as possible, more cases can be found, and the spread of the virus reduced.

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “I can’t urge you and your family enough to take part in the new mass testing programme. The more people that get tested, the closer we are to beating the virus and getting back to the things we love doing.

“Look out for the letter over the coming weeks which will tell you when, where and how to get your free test. By getting a test, you are protecting yourself, your loved ones and the whole community of Royal Greenwich.”

Steve Whiteman, Director of Public Health at the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “In the coming weeks and months, lockdown restrictions are going to be lifted. Though levels of COVID-19 in Royal Greenwich are currently low, there is a risk that – as restrictions ease and social interactions increase – more people are exposed to the virus once again.

“It’s going to be crucial for all of us to build regular testing into our everyday lives – this is why the mass testing programme is so important. I hope everyone gets behind the programme and sees it as the first of many regular tests that help keep us, and Royal Greenwich, safe.”

Residents will be invited to get their COVID-19 rapid test as follows:


Residents living in Royal Greenwich wards

Monday 15 March to Sunday 21 March

  • Coldharbour and New Eltham
  • Eltham North
  • Eltham South

Monday 22 March to Sunday 28 March

  • Abbey Wood
  • Thamesmead Moorings
  • Middle Park and Sutcliffe
  • Eltham West

Monday 29 March to Sunday 4 April

  • Plumstead
  • Glyndon
  • Kidbrooke with Hornfair
  • Blackheath Westcombe
  • Charlton

Monday 5 April to Wednesday 14 April

  • Shooters Hill
  • Woolwich Common
  • Woolwich Riverside
  • Greenwich West
  • Peninsula

Mass testing uses a rapid test (lateral flow test), which consists of a nose and throat swab. The test is free with results in 30 minutes.

For more information about when, where and how to get tested visit

Steve Whiteman, Director of Public Health

Steve Whiteman, Director of Public Health at the testing site