Mobile Coronavirus testing sites will be visiting High Wycombe, Buckingham, Marlow, Princes Risborough and Gerrards Cross on various dates from 12th to 20th February 2021.
The mobile testing sites will be at:
- Friday 12th February 2021 : High Wycombe (for up to three days)
- Saturday 13th February 2021 : Gerrards Cross (for up to two days)
- Saturday 13th February 2021 : Princes Risborough
- Monday 15th February 2021 : Buckingham (for up to two days)
- Wednesday 17th February 2021 : Marlow (for up to two days)
- Friday 19th February 2021 : High Wycombe (for up to four days)
- Saturday 20th February 2021 : Princes Risborough
Walk-through testing sites are also open seven days a week in Aylesbury and High Wycombe, these will be in place for the foreseeable future. The 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.
- Loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
Anyone with one or more of the above 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: ‘The situation in Buckinghamshire is extremely serious at the moment and it is vital we all do our bit to stop the spread of the virus. A key way of doing this is by getting tested if you have any coronavirus symptoms – no matter how mild – and isolating unless you get a ‘negative’ result. Please also isolate if anyone in your household develops symptoms.
I would ask all residents to please remain vigilant, work together and follow all the latest guidance by going out only when necessary and by sticking to the ‘hands, face, space’ rules. The vaccination programme is no underway, but with cases of coronavirus still rising in Bucks, it is more important than ever that we work together to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, and to protect our NHS services. Thank you for all your efforts in this difficult time.‘
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.‘
Further information about walk-through testing sites can be found in the following YouTube video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcRw92bO8xg&t=50s.
The full guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection as well as the latest lockdown measures can be found on the government website at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Anyone requiring extra support during the lockdown period is advised to keep checking the Buckinghamshire Council website at 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 Buckinghamshire Council website at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-hub/covid-19-vaccination-programme/.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.