New walk-through coronavirus testing site opens in Milton Keynes car park

    A coronavirus test site has opened in the car park at Bletchley Library, allowing residents to carry out their own swab test.

    The testing centre, run by the Department for Health and Social Care, is being operated in partnership with G4S and the site is by appointment-only for those that live in the local area showing coronavirus symptoms such as 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 www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud and will be self-administered.

    MK Council’s Hannah O’Neill said: “This walk-through testing is very welcome and will make it easier for local people to get a test quickly. If you have symptoms, please book a test today and follow the NHS guidance.”

    If you’re getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. This also applies to anyone in your support bubble (where someone who lives alone - or just with their children - can meet people from 1 other household).

    The new site is easily accessible for people without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport if possible, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.

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

    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.

    © MKFM News 2020

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