A new coronavirus testing center has opened for people with symptoms to make appointments.
Lewisham’s Goldsmiths Community Center opened the center as part of the UK government’s desire to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.
The tests on this site are only available to people with symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.
Those tested will need to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travel by taxi or public transport, practice good personal hygiene, and wear a face mask everywhere, including when traveling to and from the hospital. test center.
Anyone attending an appointment at a traveling test site will receive guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
Testing at the new site began on Saturday and appointments are available daily.
Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “To respond to the coronavirus, we have built a major testing and tracing system from scratch. We are constantly working to expand and improve it with new technologies and innovations so that anyone with symptoms can get tested.
“New walk-in sites like this make it even easier to get a test no matter where you live. If you are showing symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others and stop the spread of the virus.
The site is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities established in UK history which has the capacity to process over 750,000 tests per day and includes over 1,000 locations across the UK, including 90 locations in steering wheel, 518 walk-in sites, six Lighthouse labs, home tests and satellite kits, and a large number of mobile units.
Baroness Dido Harding, Acting Executive President of the National Institute for Health Protection, said: “Walk-in sites give communities better access to coronavirus testing, so anyone with symptoms can get tested.
“This new site is part of our ongoing work to expand our test network across the UK, which now has the capacity to process over 700,000 tests per day.
“We will continue to expand our capabilities to improve test turnaround times and advance testing innovations to ensure that anyone who needs a test can get one.
“Please book a test if you have symptoms of coronavirus: a new continuous cough, high temperature, and loss or change in smell or taste, and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if contacted.”
The test center is operated in partnership with G4S and will offer self-administered tests.
Alex Lever, General Manager of the G4S Test Sites Program, said: “The Lewisham Visit Site will play a key role in supporting the national response to the pandemic and we are extremely proud of our dedicated employees at the sites. Covid-19 test across the UK.
“Their enthusiasm has been inspiring as they continue to support the government, our health services and the public in this crisis.
Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
The new site is located so that it is easily accessible without a car.
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