The Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) confirmed on Monday evening (24 May) that there would be surge tests in parts of Hampshire, as well as postcodes in Surrey.
Surge tests are underway in four postcodes in the two counties as of Wednesday, May 26 following confirmed cases of the coronavirus variant first identified in India.
Most of the areas affected by the tests are in Rushmoor and Hart in Hampshire, but some border areas in Surrey will be affected.
People living in Ash and Ash Vale will be included in the surge test, which will involve taking a PCR coronavirus test in one of the many mobile units that will be open for two weeks from Wednesday.
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Residents and people working in the affected postal codes – GU11, GU12, GU51 and GU52 – will be asked to take a test. They cover towns such as Aldershot and Fleet, as well as the surrounding areas.
The GU12 postcode covers the area east of Aldershot and includes Ash and Ash Vale, meaning those in the Surrey areas can be tested.
Overall, all of Ash and Ash Vale will be affected, but an interactive map, embedded below, shows exactly where in Surrey is within the surge test area.
If you’d like to see the other places included in the surge testing, head over to an article here that was written by our sister site HampshireLive.
There will be four mobile test units in place for people to visit, all of which will be in Hampshire.
Of the three mobile test units, three will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. They are:
- Parking of the Hart district district, Fleet, GU51 4AE.
- Napier Gardens, Camp Nord, GU11 2JH.
- Multi-storey car park High Street, Wellington Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 1SD.
The following test unit will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
- Blackwater and Hawley Recreation Center, GU17 9BW.
All four sites are accessible by wheel or without a lift. Tests will need to be booked and can be done in the usual way, through the government booking portal accessible here.