Honiton mobile COVID-19 test centre ‘likely’ to remain open over weekend

A mobile testing centre for people with coronavirus-like symptoms opened in Honiton on Monday, June 8, and is expected to remain until at least Thursday, June 11.

The temporary site, at the Lace Walk car park, in Dowell Street, Honiton, is open from 10am until 4pm, and is likely to continue to operate over the weekend.

These mobile testing centres are for people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to test if they currently have the virus. Everyone over the age of five with symptoms may apply.

Mobile test centres can only see people arriving in their own vehicles. Tests – a swab of the nose and back of the throat – are carried out in line with social distancing measures. On arrival there will be a number to ring to speak to the person standing outside your vehicle, who will give you instructions.

The centres are set up by the Department of Health and Social Care and the sites are managed by members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, so people will see military personnel in attendance.

Tests can be booked online, either through the Government or NHS websites, or by calling 119 if there is no internet access.

People will be informed of their test result within three days, usually via a text message.

A Local Resilience Forum spokeswoman said: “It is anticipated that the site will be at this location until Thursday 11th June and more than likely be there over the weekend.

She added: “Once you have your booking confirmed make your way to the testing station at your allotted time.

“The test will be conducted while you remain in your vehicle. On arrival you will be given instruction on what to do by the testing site personnel.

“The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves or assisted by someone else.

“The tests are always carried out safely, observing social distancing. You will be guided what to do by mobile phone.

“On arrival you will be shown a number to ring where you will speak to the person standing outside your vehicle.

“You will be safely passed the equipment you will need to do the test.

“For guidance, people should arrive at their allotted time.

“Take your own hand sanitiser or anti-bac hand wipes so that your hands are clean when doing the test.

“Also take tissues so that you can cough into them and blow your nose before swabbing.

“Follow all instructions and keep your vehicle windows closed until you are instructed to open them.

“The centres can only cater for people arriving in their vehicles.”

The NHS is providing additional testing sites for health and care workers as part of the local hospital laboratory service.

In Devon these can be found at Sandy Park in Exeter and on the hospital sites for Torbay, South Devon, Derriford, plus the Bannams site in Barnstaple.

In Cornwall they are located at Threemilestone, Truro, Menheniot and Liskeard.

Access to these services is via the employer route.

Further sites in Devon and Cornwall will be provided for people without symptoms who are awaiting admission to hospital for treatment.

At this stage, sites are open at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust Mobility Centre, Truro and Cornish Pirates, Penzance.

To book your test see www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test or www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test  – or call 119 if there is no access to the internet.

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