Today Jon Cruddas MP and his team have been given welcome news for Rainham residents. Plans for a lateral flow Covid-19 testing site have been put into place. The site will be opened next week and located in Rainham village close to the station in Celtic Farm Road.

Residents will be able to book online for a test, or walk in options are available. The aim is to give those tested their results within the hour.

The official announcement is still due. As soon as this is received, more information will be available.

On Friday 12 February Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham received a letter from the Department of Health and Social Care providing an update on the provision of coronavirus testing in the constituency.

Free and accessible testing is a cornerstone of the NHS Test and Trace service which brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management. The letter announced the opening of a new Regional Test Site on Selinas Lane in Dagenham.