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Mobile testing unit comes to Clevedon

12:33pm - 22 July 2020

A temporary mobile testing unit will be set up in Clevedon from Monday 27 July, enabling residents concerned they might have symptoms of coronavirus to be tested locally and quickly.

The unit will be in the Castlewood car park and will operate from 10am to 4pm every day.

It will be run by a commercial operator on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care and will be available for pre-booked coronavirus tests only.

Appointments can be made online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus, whatever their age, is eligible for a test with essential workers given priority.

For tests to be effective you must be symptomatic. Symptoms of the virus are a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell. More information on the symptoms of Covid-19 can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/.

"The availability of this service increases our testing capacity in North Somerset and provides additional opportunity for our residents to get themselves tested without having to travel far," said North Somerset Council's Director of Public Health Matt Lenny.

"More access to testing locally can only be a good thing for our community as it will enable us to identify cases more quickly, for their contacts to be traced more quickly, and for North Somerset to beat the virus more quickly. It's important to say this new testing unit is not a response to any rise in local infections as our current rate of new cases is very low at around one to two new cases per day across the whole of North Somerset.

"The advice to anyone who is concerned that they might have symptoms is to book a test immediately and for them and their household members to self-isolate until the test results are confirmed. Currently these results are coming through in about 24 hours - sometimes less.

“As well as taking action to book a test, everyone needs to keep following the guidance around key principles like social distancing and good hygiene. That is even more important as we see some lockdown measures being lifted. Preventing infection occurring is something we can all help to do and we all know how important it is to stop any harm being felt by our family and friends.”

A mobile testing unit has been based at Locking Road car park in Weston-super-Mare since the end of May, increasing the number of tests available to the local community by 1,500 a week.