Mobile testing unit in Warminster
A new mobile testing unit for anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms has now opened in Warminster.
The new facility, at the former council depot in Furnax Lane, will be open daily until 31 July, and tests can be booked online or by phone.
Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, and/or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book a test online or by calling 119 - you can then select the site best suited to you, both for location and day.
Testing is available for all ages at all available sites, and you can have up to four people in each car for testing. You can either select to carry out the test by yourself or have an assisted test with a trained tester, remaining in the vehicle at all times in both cases.
You can get a test:
- for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste); and
- for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms.
Test results come back within a couple of days; while home testing kits can be requested, the process can take longer between asking for a test and knowing the outcome. As such, people are recommended to use the test sites wherever possible and as soon as they can after displaying symptoms.
In addition to the new mobile testing unit in Warminster, there is also daily provision at the temporary site in County Hall's Mortimer Street car park in Trowbridge, again until 31 July, and regional testing sites, which are open seven days a week, are based at Beehive park & ride in Salisbury and Wroughton park & ride in Swindon.
Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire, said: "If you start experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19, please self-isolate immediately and book an appointment at your nearest testing site. The test is quick and easy to do, and you receive your results more quickly than if you wait for a test to be posted to you. Self-isolating and testing are key to keeping our communities safe, and the NHS Test and Trace service is already playing an incredibly important role in reducing Covid-19 transmission across the county."
She added: "As lockdown restrictions continue to be eased, it is essential that everyone continues to follow social distancing advice, both in and out of work, to prevent the spread of the virus. Good hygiene is also vital so please wash your hands regularly and thoroughly."