Mobile Rapid Testing Unit at Winslow Market on Wednesday
New mobile Covid-19 test units launch in Buckinghamshire this week
This week sees the launch of a new way to get a rapid Covid-19 rapid test (lateral flow test) in Buckinghamshire.
In addition to the existing options of visiting one of the fixed sites around the county, picking up tests or ordering online to carry out at home, Buckinghamshire Council is taking rapid testing out into the community with its new mobile units.
This week the mobile units will be at Winslow Market on Wednesday May12, and at Princes Risborough Market on Thursday May 13.
The mobile units will offer quick-turnaround Covid-19 rapid tests with results available within 30 minutes.
You can also collect home test kits to take away and complete regular rapid testing at home.
Buckinghamshire Council says the mobile units will be staffed by a friendly team who can offer assistance and answer any questions about the tests.
Lateral flow tests are designed for those have no symptoms. If you feel unwell or have any Covid-19 symptoms, you should stay at home and isolate and arrange a PCR test instead.
The mobile units will visit different locations every week, aiming to get to areas that are further away from drop-in centres, to help those less able to travel and other areas where the public will gather.
Buckinghamshire’s Director of Public Health, Jane O’Grady, said: “Lateral flow testing is becoming more and more common and is an important way to detect whether you have Covid-19 even if you have no symptoms. People should self-isolate if their lateral flow test is positive and get a confirmatory PCR test. By self-isolating if positive you will help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in your community.
“As we slowly move back to a more normal way of life it is important that we keep on top of infection rates locally and we want to make sure people are given every opportunity to do this. Our mobile units will be visiting locations where people will be out and about so making it easy for them to pop in and get a test or to collect a test kit supply to use at home."
You can find more information on rapid testing hereDetails of future locations for the mobile units will be published regularly via the Buckinghamshire Council website and social media channels. [email protected]