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COVID-19 testing centre to open in Guildford

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COVID-19 testing centre to open in Guildford

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 5:21pm 30th April 2020. (Updated at 8:58am 1st May 2020)

A coronavirus testing centre is opening in Guildford this week as part of moves to ramp up testing across the country. 

People who are eligible are now able to apply for a test online.

The Surrey Local Resilience Forum says it is rolling out a 'broad range of testing methods, including home testing kits and mobile testing sites'.

PPE

Who is eligible for a test?

  • Essential workers living or working in Surrey, who are self-isolating either because they have symptoms or someone in their household has symptoms, are eligible to register with Surrey's testing hub
  • Anyone over 65 with symptoms
  • Anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
  • Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above

The new centre is part of a plan to build up Surrey’s community testing capacity.

Over the next week, this will ramp up to include testing of all care home residents and staff, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. 

Yesterday the Local Resilience Forum wrote to care home providers to let them know that 'all available options are being considered in order to build the necessary resources, and that more details will be shared in the coming days'. 

Clare Stone is the Director of Quality at Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership and the Strategic Lead for Covid-19 Testing in Surrey:

“I want to reassure people living and working in Surrey that we are working around the clock to ensure that testing will be available for everyone who is eligible.

"We have already increased our testing capacity, and we are developing solid plans to make sure we can continue to meet demand.”

The Guildford testing site is in addition to the ones currently in place in Chessington, Gatwick and Twickenham where testing for key workers has been available for the past couple of weeks. 

To date, approximately 1500 key workers have been through this process. 

How to get tested 

  • All key workers in Surrey who have symptoms can book a test by registering on the Surrey testing hub. A member of the testing team will then be in contact to book the appointment.
  • People who fall into one of the new groups eligible for testing should book via the national self-referral portal for now.