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Mobile Coronavirus testing sites to be set up in High Wycombe (Tuesday 2nd June 2020) and Amersham (Friday 5th June 2020)

| June 2, 2020

Mobile Coronavirus mobile testing sites are to be set up in High Wycombe (Tuesday 2nd June 2020) and Amersham (Friday 5th June 2020).

The first mobile testing site will be up and running in High Wycombe for up to three days from Tuesday 2nd June 2020 while another will be operating from Amersham for up to two days from Friday 5th June 2020.

These are the third mobile sites to come to both High Wycombe and Amersham in recent weeks and follow others in Buckingham and Aylesbury during May 2020.

The sites are also 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 front line 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.

Anyone wishing to arrange a test can do so by going to www.gov.uk/coronavirus and clicking 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.

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

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.

Further information about getting tested as a member of the public with symptoms can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.

Further information about getting tested as an essential worker can be found at https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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