Walkthrough Covid-19 test centre opens tomorrow at University of Reading

Tests must be pre-booked before visiting The Great Hall at The University of Reading. Picture: Phil Creighton

A WALK-THROUGH Covid-19 testing facility is opening tomorrow at The University of Reading. 

Available to those with coronavirus symptoms, tests must be pre-booked online or by calling 119.

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We continue to expand testing to make sure that everyone with symptoms can get a test, with our new walk-in sites making it even easier no matter where you live. 

“This new site forms part of our national testing network, which has the capacity to test more than a million people a week and is growing all the time. 

“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others around you and stop the spread of the virus.”

Testing is only available for those with a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your 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. 

Located in The Great Hall, the new site is accessible without a car and everyone must follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre. 

More information about how to get to the test site safely will be provided after booking.  

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them trace their contacts. T

his will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission. 

Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, asking them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book a test if they develop symptoms. 

Baroness Dido Harding, interim executive chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said:“Our new walk through sites offer communities better access to coronavirus testing, so everyone with symptoms can get a test. This new site is part of our ongoing work to expand testing across the UK to deliver 500,000 tests a day by the end of October.

“Please book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms: a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

“Everybody should continue to think hands, face, space, and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted – this is the only way we can return to a more normal way of life.”

The testing centre is being operated in partnership with G4S and will offer self-administered tests.

Gordon Brockington, G4S director said:  “We are proud of our important role in setting up and managing this Covid-19 testing site, and other similar sites across the UK. It has been inspiring to see the enthusiasm of our employees to step up and support the government, our health services and the public during this crisis.”  

Tests take place at The University of Reading, The Great Hall, 27 London Road.

To book a text, visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

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