Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit due at Milton Park
Published on 27 January 2021
A Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) is due to be at Milton Park, Oxfordshire for three Tuesdays in February 2021 for pre-booked appointments only.
Operated by private sector contractors from Serco, Sodexo, Mitie, Levy, G4S, Welsh ambulance service, Scottish ambulance service, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) unit will be in the overflow car park via Jubilee Drive on:
- Tuesday 2 February
- Tuesday 16 February
- Tuesday 23 February.
Testing is only available for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Postcode: OX14 4RU
The government is committed to continue expanding the capacity of the network of UK test sites and laboratories to make it even easier to get tested and reduce the time it takes to receive test results.
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum said: "As part of the Department of Health & Social Care's intention to widen access to Covid-19 testing through Mobile Testing Units, Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum has been working closely with each partner local authority to identify, select and develop additional MTU sites to increase the overall number of approved sites. I'm pleased to say that Milton Park has been approved by DHSC as a MTU site for your communities."
Philip Campbell, MEPC commercial director, Milton Park said: "We are pleased to be able to provide a place to accommodate the MTU and play a small part in the important work that is being done to provide local test sites to make it as easy as possible for people to get tested.”
Please note that only those with a pre-booked appointment will be seen.
Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them trace their contacts.
This will help to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.
Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, asking them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book a test if they develop symptoms.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The vehicle’s testing environment is self-sustained. Clinical and general waste is removed at the end of each testing period and test samples are returned to the Regional Testing Sites at the end of each day to be collected by a pre-arranged courier service.
The Mobile Testing Unit has a capacity of 500 tests per day as standard with the ability to carry the relevant equipment for up to 500 tests.
The number of tests that can be completed in a day will vary, depending on the size of the site, the ratio of vehicle to pedestrian subjects, and the hours of operation.