More mobile coronavirus testing sites for Bucks during Christmas week

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

18 December 2020

More mobile coronavirus testing sites for Bucks during Christmas week

 

Mobile Coronavirus testing sites continue to operate across Buckinghamshire throughout the coming week as we head towards Christmas.

The mobile testing sites will be at:

  • High Wycombe, on Saturday, 19 December and Sunday, 20 December
  • Princes Risborough, on Saturday, 19 December
  • Gerrards Cross, on Saturday, 19 December, and then on Thursday, 24 December
  • Marlow, on Wednesday, 23 December

Walk-through testing sites are also open seven days a week at the Gateway Centre car park in Aylesbury and the Buckinghamshire New University campus in High Wycombe, and these will be in place for the foreseeable future.

These sites are open for use by anyone with coronavirus symptoms, and all tests must be booked first – they are not available on a ‘drop-in’ basis.

Anyone with even mild symptoms is being encouraged to arrange a test to help stop the spread of the virus. Symptoms include a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. It is also possible to order a home testing kit via the website.

If the mobile testing sites are fully booked, you will be offered testing at the next-closest location.

A testing centre operating in Slough is also currently open to Buckinghamshire residents, for booked-in visits only.

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Engagement at Buckinghamshire Council, said: “If you have coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, please book a test as soon as you can and isolate unless you get a ‘negative’ result. Please also isolate if anyone in your household develops symptoms.  It’s really important that everyone in Buckinghamshire remains vigilant and follows the latest guidance as we move into Tier 3 restrictions this weekend.

“Please also do take care over Christmas and make sure that, if you do choose to form a Christmas bubble, you take every precaution to keep your loved ones safe.”

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Testing is essential to help keep NHS services running smoothly and to help vulnerable people stay as safe as possible from coronavirus infection. These mobile sites offer a great boost to our testing capabilities in Buckinghamshire, so we hope they will be well-used by those that need them.”

For more information about walk-through testing sites, you can watch this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcRw92bO8xg&t=50s.

You can read the full guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and on the latest lockdown measures, on the government website – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

If you need extra support during the coming lockdown period, please keep checking www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/ which will continue to be updated with information about the various ways you can get help.