Published Tuesday, 12 May 2020
A mobile testing unit will open in Hinckley from 13 May to 15 May to provide coronavirus tests to people in the local area.
The unit will be open for three days and will operate on an appointment only basis. Those eligible for tests including symptomatic over 65s and their families, staff having to leave home for work, and social care and NHS staff.
The unit in Hinckley is one of 100 mobile coronavirus testing units that are travelling across the country to areas where there is high demand for tests or where it is difficult for people to go to their nearest regional drive-through site.
Mobile Testing Units are increasing access to coronavirus testing in local communities, including for care homes, police stations and prisons. Mobile units respond particularly to areas of high demand or where there is difficulty in accessing regional drive-through sites. Mobile testing units can be set up in under 20 minutes, meaning hundreds more people can be tested each day in hard to reach areas.
Specially trained operators including military personnel will collect swabs at the mobile sites, before they are sent to mega-labs for processing. Test results will be returned within 48 hours, giving reassurance to many.
The new units will work alongside the country’s drive-through test sites, sending patient samples to the network of Lighthouse Labs, to rapidly increase the number of tests done each day. 100 mobile testing sites have opened to date, with the network continuing to expand each week.
Testing Minister Lord Bethell said:
We have been clear that everyone who needs a coronavirus test should be able to access one and our mobile testing units take tests directly to the people that need them. Mobile units provide a vital service to protect the vulnerable and help people that test negative for the virus safely get back to work.
The mobile unit in Hinckley is one of a growing network of pop-up sites, with more than 100 now travelling across the country.
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