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Another mobile coronavirus testing site coming to Bucks

It'll arrive in Buckingham on Wednesday, after a mobile site was in Aylesbury at the end of last week.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:55pm 12th May 2020. 4-minute read.

Another mobile coronavirus testing site coming to Bucks

Buckingham is the next place in Buckinghamshire to get a mobile coronavirus testing site.

It'll arrive at the Swan Pool tomorrow (Weds), after a mobile site was in Aylesbury at the end of last week.

Testing is only on offer to certain groups and will run in Buckingham for up to three days.

This is in addition to other local and regional coronavirus testing sites, which are still available for residents in Buckinghamshire to use.

Mobile testing sites have been in operation at High Wycombe and Aylesbury over the last week, but both of these have now moved on.

Book first

Buckingham - welcome sign
Buckingham is the latest town to have a mobile testing site in Bucks

Anyone who is eligible and wishes to be tested at the Buckingham 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. You can also book a test at a different site via this website.

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.

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.

Test tube coronavirus

The site, which will be operated by military personnel, will operate a one-way system in and out of the parking area, so anyone using it should please take care to follow the signage.

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

"It's very encouraging to have another mobile testing site running in the county, so soon after those in High Wycombe and Aylesbury.

"Testing is vital as we work together to stop the spread of coronavirus. We would urge anyone who thinks they should be tested, and who is eligible, to please book a slot at the Buckingham site."

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

"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."

Who can get tested?

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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