Heathrow Airport car park to become coronavirus testing center

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West Londoners will be able to get a coronavirus test at a driving test center to be opened at Heathrow Airport.

With passenger numbers down 97% from a year ago, the airport offered one of its parking lots to serve as a test center, the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced on May 22.

The latest center will be in addition to those already open nearby at Twickenham Stadium and IKEA at Wembley.

Anyone over the age of five can now be tested for coronavirus if they have a new continuous cough, high temperature, or loss or change in their sense of smell or normal taste, with appointments booked through the site NHS web, reported Berkshire Live. .

Key workers can book tests themselves through the gov.uk website.

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John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow, said: “This testing facility will play a central role in fighting the spread of this virus, helping to identify if people are infected. the disease can travel freely between countries.

“Currently, each country is developing its own approach, and the British government could take the initiative to develop a common international standard for aviation health that will keep people safe and kick-start the economy. “

The test center is operated in partnership with Sodexo and will offer assisted and self-administered tests. Those tested will receive their results in a few days.

There are now 50 regional test centers and 116 mobile units operated by the military as the government increases its capacity.

In addition, the government has set up a home testing service, supported by Amazon’s logistics network and other business partners. Home test kits can be delivered to someone’s door so that they can test themselves and their family without leaving home.

The Department of Health and Welfare indicates that the Heathrow site will open for its pilot phase on Friday May 22 and that the hours of operation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. When the site is fully operational, it will operate from 8h to 20h.

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