Rapid testing service to get mobile unit in North Somerset

3:25pm - 23 April 2021

Changes are coming to the Covid-19 testing system in North Somerset next month in a bid to give more people the chance to join those already doing twice-weekly tests.

From Saturday 1 May the council’s testing sites at Somerset Hall in Portishead, Scotch Horn car park in Nailsea, and Hutton Moor in Weston will be open weekdays 8.30am-5.30pm, with late opening until 7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9am-1pm on weekends and bank holidays. The centre at Hutton Moor will also be moving into a car park booth.

These centres offer home test kit collections as well as assisted testing, where tests are done on site, processed by staff and results are sent by text or email within an hour. From 1 May appointments will no longer be needed for assisted testing, although residents will still be able to book at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting to guarantee a time slot.

Nailsea’s Scotch Horn car park testing booth will be in place until Sunday 16 May and will then be replaced by the mobile unit, which will visit the town on Mondays and Thursdays.

From Monday 17 May the mobile centre, which is a specially adapted van, plans to visit Clevedon on Tuesdays and Fridays, Weston on Wednesdays, and Nailsea on Mondays and Thursdays. Specific locations in the towns will be revealed closer to the time. It will also tour the area at weekends, offering assisted tests and home kit collections.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for health, Cllr Mike Bell, said: “We are working to give all our residents access to local regular testing if they do not have symptoms of Covid-19.

“Our new mobile testing unit will allow us to bring assisted rapid testing to Clevedon for the first time and give more opportunities for people across the area to get their twice-weekly tests.”

Director of Public Health, Matt Lenny, said: “Testing for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus is an important strand of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

“It helps find those people who are infected with the virus without symptoms, so they can isolate and stop the spread.

“As we enjoy the benefits of fewer restrictions, and the extra social contacts this bring, it is vital that anyone with Covid-19 must self-isolate.”

For more information about regular rapid Covid-19 testing for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting.  

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 – new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of taste or smell, or a high temperature – must self-isolate and book a test straight away at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.