New Local Testing Site opens in Kingston
A new walk-through COVID-19 testing facility has opened in Kingston, based at the Surrey County Hall site, as part of the Government’s drive to improve accessibility of testing for local communities.
Test appointments are available to book for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. Tests can be booked through the national NHS portal at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Kingston Council’s Director of Public Health Iona Lidington said:
“There is now very high demand for coronavirus tests and it is vital we test people with these symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our community. Finding positive cases and asking these people and their household to self isolate is key to breaking the chains of transmission, so we can keep Kingston safe and try to avoid the need for greater restrictions on daily life.
“It is still vital that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms gets tested. By increasing the testing capacity within our borough through the new site, we want to make it easier for all residents who have symptoms to access a test quickly.”
The new site is situated in the rear car park of County Hall, and is located to be easily accessible without a car. It is open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. Those visiting the site for testing will be required to follow stringent public health measures, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, practising good personal hygiene and not travelling by taxi or public transport, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.
Anyone attending an appointment at the new walk-through site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely when they book their test, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
The site is part of the Department for Health and Social Care’s network of diagnostic testing facilities which includes drive-through and walk-through sites, mobile units, home testing and satellite kits, with five large laboratories processing the kits.
Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This 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.