Anyone with one or more coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
It is our understanding that:
- Those attending the test site will be asked to confirm their identity on arrival.
- Test subjects will then be issued with a test kit and directed to a testing booth, where they will be provided with guidance to help them self-administer a swab test, taking swabs from both the nose and mouth.
This has been developed to provide an additional route to allow people without access to cars to books appointments and to improve accessibility to testing. The health and welfare of our staff, students and the local community is our primary focus and we hope that this additional testing capacity will be beneficial to all over the coming weeks.
The site is accessible without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre). We would encourage people in the local area, who have booked a slot, to come by foot or cycle where possible as parking will not be available at this particular site.
Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, including: adhering to social distancing; not travelling in a taxi or on public transport; wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre); and washing their hands thoroughly before leaving for their appointment. Our understanding is that the approach the Government has put in place for this has been agreed with expert clinical oversight.
Anyone with one or more coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Our understanding is that, to ensure sites have enough capacity to meet demand, people should book an appointment to attend a testing site. It is vital for safety reasons that they arrive at the correct time.
It is our understanding that the Government Department of Health and Social Care and G4S, the organisation it has tasked with operating the testing site on their behalf, have detailed clinical operating procedures, developed in collaboration with clinical experts, for local testing sites. We have been informed that the layout has been carefully designed to ensure people can move around them safely and prevent spread of the virus; social distancing will be maintained throughout the testing process; and people attending the site will be asked to wear a face covering.
It is our understanding that before trialling the sites, Government consulted with clinical experts including public health professionals. Their view is that this is a proportionate step given the benefits of increased access to testing, including for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Those attending Local Testing Sites are provided with rules about how to do so in a way that minimises the risk to themselves – including the need to avoid contact with others while en route and to wear a face covering.
The guidance that people should follow in attending an LTS are set out in an animation here.
Initially the Local Testing Station will be self-test only – our understanding is that Government is exploring the viability of an administered model.