25 Aug Local testing site at Short Street car park
The Department of Health and Social Care has opened a local testing site at Short Street car park, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. You can expect your result the next day.
Testing at the site has now started, with more appointments available each day. Testing is available for everyone, including vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. The site is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history, including 73 drive-through sites, 26 walk-through sites, 236 mobile units, home testing and satellite kits and five laboratories.
The site is operating on an appointment-only basis and has detailed standard operating procedures which have been signed off by Public Health England to ensure that procedures have health and safety at the forefront. We have a number of measures in place, including:
Social distancing measures
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). After booking their tests, test subjects receive the full address and directions to their local testing site.
Personal Protective Equipment on site
Staff who are required to interact with test subjects wear PPE. The on-site operational staff do not wear PPE as this is not required. These staff do not come into direct contact with any test subjects.
There is a strict cleaning regime for the whole site which means that facilities are cleaned multiple times a day to ensure very high standards of hygiene. Waste is removed on a regular basis.
The testing areas are segregated from all other areas. All efforts have been made to reduce the disturbances to local communities and only operational staff will be in the designated area of the testing site.
Should you have any further queries or would like to share your thoughts, please email OpsHub@dhsc.gov.uk.