Mobile Covid-19 testing site set up in county
A new drive-through mobile testing unit (MTU) for coronavirus has been set up in Gloucestershire.
(Updated 29 May)
It was set up at Oxstalls Tennis Centre in Gloucester on Thursday 7 May and has been extended to run until the end of Sunday 7 June.
Anyone who is showing coronavirus symptoms is now eligible for a swab test to find out if they have the virus.
People can register for a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, after checking their symptoms. Arrangements for essential workers are set out below.
Those in England and Wales who do not have access to the internet, or who have difficulty with the digital portals, will be able to ring a new 119 service to book their test.
Access to testing for essential workers
Essential workers are being prioritised for testing, while allowing as many tests as possible for the wider population.
Essential workers and members of their household who have symptoms should continue to register for a test through the self referral and employer portals on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
If they meet the criteria, they will be issued with a unique code and will be able to select the Gloucester location, as long as appointments are available.
The nearest alternative sites currently available are at Bristol Airport and Worcester Rugby Club, so a case has been made to the Department for Health and Social Care to try to secure the mobile unit for longer to enable more Gloucestershire residents to access testing.
It is an important step in tackling Covid-19 in the county as it will establish if people with symptoms have the virus, to determine whether they can return to work or need further advice and support.
People who cannot drive to the site can order a home testing kit but supplies are limited. There is also some capacity for frontline health and social care staff to be tested as part of the local NHS testing centre in Brockworth, but this must be booked through employers.
The MTU is being put up and disassembled daily by the military. Gloucestershire County Council and Police have worked together to ensure that signage, entrance and exits and traffic flow are managed and there is a team on site to ensure it runs smoothly.
A high number of tests are being carried out at the site but people are reminded to please attend at the time you have booked.