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Mobile coronavirus testing site opening in Aylesbury

The site will be open during the bank holiday weekend.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 3:20pm 7th May 2020. (Updated at 4:19pm 7th May 2020) 3-minute read.

Mobile coronavirus testing site opening in Aylesbury

Starting today a mobile testing site will open in Aylesbury tomorrow. 

A coronavirus mobile testing site will be running from the Aquavale Aylesbury Leisure Centre over the weekend for up to three days from tomorrow, May 8th.

This will be in addition to other testing sites which are still available for residents in Buckinghamshire to use. 

However, the mobile site set up at High Wycombe Park and Ride at Handy Cross is closing today. 

Anyone who is eligible and wishes to be tested at the Aylesbury mobile site must arrange an appointment on the national booking website first.  

Tests must be booked and are not available on a ‘drop-in’ basis.

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 coronavirus symptoms. More details of these categories are listed below.

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

“Testing is vital in the battle against coronavirus, so we are glad to have this mobile site up and running in Aylesbury this weekend, especially coming so soon after the High Wycombe testing site that ran this week.

“We would urge anyone who thinks they should be tested to please book a slot.”

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.

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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