De Vere Devonport Hotel Google screenshot
The new centre is close to the University of Greenwich campus (image: Google)

A walk-in coronavirus testing centre is to be set up in the car park of a Greenwich town centre hotel, bringing the number of units in the borough to five.

The new centre, at the De Vere Devonport Hotel off King William Walk, was confirmed by council leader Danny Thorpe in a council newsletter. It will gradually begin operations in the middle of November.

The the borough’s first walk-in centre opened at the University of Greenwich campus off Avery Hill, last week; while a second centre off Plumstead High Street opened this week.

Two other facilities are aimed at those who can drive – one in a car park at the O2 arena on the Greenwich Peninsula and a mobile facility at The Valley in Charlton.

Outside Greenwich borough, other walk-in test centres have opened at Vanguard Street in Deptford and at Erith Road in Bexleyheath, with a drive-in mobile centre visiting Catford lorry park, behind Lewisham Council’s offices.

All tests must be booked in advance at gov.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.


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