New coronavirus testing centre for Crystal Palace

Published Friday, 18 September 2020

A coronavirus testing facility is due to be established at Crystal Palace as a result of another successful bid to the government by Bromley Council.

The third testing centre in the borough will mean residents living in the north and west of the borough will be closer to a testing facility should they need this.  Subject to successful preparation work, testing could start as early as next week, with the permanent testing facility being run on behalf of the government by G4S.  The testing site in the Crystal Palace car park complements the facility in St Pauls Cray and the mobile facility testing unit which has been operating in Norman Park for some time.

Residents with coronavirus symptoms and needing to book or order a test are advised they should begin by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Councillor Diane Smith, Executive Member for Adult Care and Health said: “This is welcome news. Whilst we are doing what we can to support the government’s testing initiative, the council does not operate the site and tests need to be booked via the government portal. The local situation fluctuates and whilst absolute numbers are comparatively low, it is crucial that we all follow the guidance, including social distancing and not meeting in larger groups than six, however tempting this is.” 

Councillor Diane Smith continued, “The work to reduce the spread of coronavirus continues and involves all of us and in this way, hopefully we will avoid the need for potential local restrictions, which none of us would want. The key is to continue to follow the latest guidance and advice from the government and Public Health England.”

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Notes to editors

  • The Covid-19 testing facilities are not run by Bromley Council.
  • The Crystal Palace centre is located in the Car Park at Crystal Palace Park reached through Canada Gate, opposite the junction of Anerley Hill and Cintra Park.

For media enquiries, please contact Susie Clark , Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7911 or email susie.clark@bromley.gov.uk