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Mobile testing set up in High Wycombe

The mobile testing site opens today for up to three days this week.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:35am 5th May 2020. (Updated at 7:43am 5th May 2020) 3-minute read.

Mobile testing set up in High Wycombe

Today a coronavirus mobile testing site will open at the High Wycombe Park and Ride at Handy Cross. 

It will be for up to three days this week and is in addition to other local and regional sites available for Bucks residents. 

Only certain categories of people are eligible for testing at this time, like NHS or other essential workers (and some household members), or people over 65 with symptoms. 

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health at Buckinghamshire Council, said:

“Testing is key to battling coronavirus, so it is welcome news to have this mobile site operating from High Wycombe for a few days. We would urge anyone who thinks they should be tested to book a slot. We apologise for any inconvenience the partial closure of this site as a car park may cause, but I’m sure people will appreciate how important the testing service is at this time.”

Those eligible and who want to be tested at the site must arrange an appointment on the national booking website first and tests are not available on a ‘drop-in’ basis. 

People being tested must bring appropriate ID (like an NHS ID card) or a letter/ email from their employer to confirm their key worker status. T

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Testing is essential to help keep NHS services running smoothly during this outbreak, and to help vulnerable people stay as safe as possible from coronavirus infection. These mobile sites will offer a great boost to our testing capabilities in Buckinghamshire, so we hope they will be well-used by those that need them.”

Tests are being offered to the following categories of people, and, in some cases, members of their household. They are not available for other members of the general public at this time:

  • All those working on the frontline in health and social care (with or without symptoms)
  • Patients in the NHS and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms)
  • All essential workers with symptoms
  • Anyone over 65 with symptoms
  • Anyone who goes into work because they cannot work from home (e.g. construction workers) and has symptoms
  • Anyone who has symptoms and lives with someone who meets any of the above criteria

You can find more details about eligibility for testing here.

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