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Bucks to see more mobile coronavirus testing sites open

Aylesbury and Amersham will testing sites return to the areas.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 6:25pm 11th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks to see more mobile coronavirus testing sites open

More coronavirus mobile testing sites are scheduled to visit Amersham and Aylesbury.

The Amersham mobile testing site will be up and running for up to two days from Sunday, 14 June.

And the Aylesbury mobile testing site will be operating for up to three days from Tuesday, 16 June.

These follow several other mobile testing sites in these areas in recent weeks, as well as others in High Wycombe and Buckingham.

 

Anyone 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.

To arrange a test, go to the gov page 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.

Tests must be booked and are not available on a ‘drop-in’ basis. You can also book a test at a different site via the website. Further details of the testing sites will be provided to people when they book their test.

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

“Testing is now available to anyone 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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