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More coronavirus testing sites arriving in Bucks

Two more mobile testing sites will open this week.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 6:41pm 1st June 2020. 3-minute read.

More coronavirus testing sites arriving in Bucks

More testing sites to open in High Wycombe and Amersham. 

The first will be up and running in High Wycombe for up to three days from Tuesday, 2 June.

And another will be operating from Amersham for up to two days from Friday, 5 June.

These are the third mobile sites to come to both areas in recent weeks and follow others in Buckingham and Aylesbury last month.

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

Anyone aged 5 years and over who has coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) is now eligible to be tested.

However, tests for essential workers, such as frontline healthcare staff, are being prioritised over tests for the wider public at this time. Children under 5 who have symptoms and live in the same household as an essential worker are also now eligible for testing.

To arrange a test, go to the gov website and click on the appropriate link for you within the ‘testing’ section of information. The booking process is slightly different for members of the public to that for essential workers.

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

“Testing is now available to anyone over the age of 5 who has coronavirus symptoms, not just essential workers – although they continue to be prioritised for obvious reasons. This is great news and a vital step as aspects of lockdown ease and we work together to stop the spread of coronavirus. If you think you need a test, please book a slot.”

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.”

You can find out more about getting tested as a member of the public with symptoms here.

And you can find out more about getting tested as an essential worker here.

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