Coronavirus mobile testing sites will be up and running in a number of areas all across Buckinghamshire as we head into the first week of March.
The mobile testing sites will be at:
- High Wycombe, on Friday, 26 February for up to four days, and again on Friday, 5 March for up to four days.
- Princes Risborough, on Saturday, 27 February and again on Saturday, 6 March.
- Buckingham, on Monday, 1 March for up to two days.
- Marlow, on Wednesday, 3 March for up to two days.
- Gerrards Cross, on Saturday, 6 March, for up to two days
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. A drive-in testing site is also now up and running at Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station.
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: “While I’m sure we are all relieved to see a planned roadmap out of our current situation, it is still vital that we continue to do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus. The vaccination rollout is going well in Buckinghamshire and infection rates are improving, but the situation remains serious. So please do get tested if you have any coronavirus symptoms – no matter how mild – and isolate unless you get a ‘negative’ result. Please also isolate if anyone in your household develops symptoms.
“In the meantime, please carry on following the ‘hands, face, space’ rules and avoid unnecessary travel. We must continue to work together to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, and to protect our NHS and social care services. Thank you for all your efforts in this difficult time.”
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 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.
Details of the vaccination programme in Buckinghamshire can be found on the Council’s website https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-hub/covid-19-vaccination-programme/