Coronavirus mobile testing sites in Amersham, Aylesbury and Buckingham

Coronavirus mobile testing sites return to Amersham, Aylesbury and Buckingham this week.

The Amersham mobile testing site will operate from Wednesday, 24 June, for up to two days.

The Aylesbury mobile testing site will run for up to three days from Friday, 26 June.

And the Buckingham mobile testing site will also open on Friday, 26 June, but this one will run for up to two days.

These are in addition to other local and regional coronavirus testing sites, which are still available for residents in Buckinghamshire to use.

Coronavirus symptoms include a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Tests are now available for members of the public, but frontline healthcare staff are still being prioritised at this time.

To arrange a test, go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus and click on the appropriate link for you within the ‘testing’ section of information. The booking process is slightly different for members of the public to that for essential workers.

Tests must be booked and are not available on a ‘drop-in’ basis. You can also book a test at a different site via the website. Further details of the testing sites will be provided to people when they book their test.

If the mobile testing sites are fully booked then you will be offered testing at the next-closest location.

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Engagement at Buckinghamshire Council, said: “Testing is now available to anyone who has coronavirus symptoms, not just essential workers – although they continue to be prioritised for obvious reasons. This is great news and a vital step as aspects of lockdown ease and we work together to stop the spread of coronavirus. If you think you need a test, please book a slot.”

Dr Raj Bajwa, GP and Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Testing is essential to help keep NHS services running smoothly during this outbreak, and to help vulnerable people stay as safe as possible from coronavirus infection. These mobile sites will offer a great boost to our testing capabilities in Buckinghamshire, so we hope they will be well-used by those that need them.”

You can find out more about getting tested as a member of the public with symptoms on the NHS website.

And you can find out more about getting tested as an essential worker here.

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Coronavirus mobile testing site. Image courtesy Stewart Turkington for Bracknell Forest Council