Mobile test stations will soon be launched in Bude and Penzance.
This comes after the test center in Truro was transferred to Pool earlier this week and the Bodmin site has also been confirmed to be moving elsewhere.
A spokesperson said:
” Bude: The Venue, Stucley Road, Bude, EX23 8AR. Sunday May 17 – Thursday May 21. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Penzance: Penzance Park & Ride, Jelbert Way, Penzance, TR20 8AW. Monday May 18 – Wednesday May 20. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The centers are set up by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, but the two sites of Bude and Penzance are managed by members of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, so that people will see soldiers present.
“These mobile test centers are for people with coronavirus-like symptoms to check if they currently have the virus. ”
Rachel Wigglesworth, director of public health for Cornwall, said changes are underway to increase testing.
She said, “It travels around the county to give people the opportunity to access it as close as possible to their homes. “
To access the tests, eligible persons must make an appointment online.
Wigglesworth added, “It is not about showing up and taking a test, you have to book through the online portal. You must then go to one of the centers for a test or have one sent to your home. “
She said residents and staff in nursing homes could be tested and public health would provide support to nursing homes to help them access the tests.
Who can request a test?
You can ask to take a test if you belong to one of the following groups:
How to book a test
The test must be booked online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test
At the test center
Once your reservation is confirmed, head to the test station at your scheduled time. Upon arrival, test site staff will tell you what to do. The test involves taking a swab from the nose and back of the throat, which can be done by the person himself or by someone else.
The tests are always carried out safely, observing social distancing.
You will safely receive the equipment you will need to take the test.
As a guide, people must arrive at the time allotted to them. Take your own hand sanitizer or anti-bin hand wipes so your hands are clean during the test. Also take tissues so that you can cough and blow your nose before dabbing. Follow all instructions and keep your vehicle windows closed.
The centers can only accommodate people arriving in their vehicle.
The results of the tests carried out at Bude and Penzance must be known within three days.
Health and care workers
Please note that the NHS provides additional testing sites for health and care workers as part of the laboratory service at the local hospital.
They are located in Threemilestone, Truro and Menheniot, Liskeard. Access to these services is through the employer.
People awaiting admission to hospital
Other sites in Cornwall will be provided for symptomless people waiting to be hospitalized for treatment.
The sites are scheduled to open on Monday, May 18 at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, RCHT Mobility Center, Truro and Cornish Pirates, Penzance.