New drive-through mobile testing unit opens in Brislington

A new drive-through coronavirus mobile testing unit has opened at Brislington Park and Ride in response to the rise of cases in Bristol.

Run by the Department of Health and Social Care – the site on Bath Road will provide fast access to testing for residents – reducing the need for those with symptoms from having to travel further afield.

Testing at the site will run on a strictly appointment-only basis and there is additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

Current Government guidance is that only those with symptoms should have a test, which can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus, or by calling 119.

A mobile testing unit is a temporary site that can be set-up almost immediately in response to a rise in cases. It can be in place for up to a week – with the option to continue into the following week if needed.

Bristol’s Director of Public Health, Christina Gray, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has already meant huge changes to all of our lives this year and particularly now, with the announcement of the second national lockdown and the significant rise in coronavirus cases in Bristol.

“Fast access to testing is vital and I am pleased to have been able to secure additional testing facilities for our residents, in addition to the two local testing sites we already have in the city…”

She said “isolation was key” – and she urged anyone who was not able to book a test immediately to self-isolate with their household until they were able to get a test and receive their result.

Ms Gray added: “I would like to thank everyone for their continued efforts to help prevent the spread of the virus. We must stay home. Not socially interact.

“Wash our hands. Cover our faces. Stay 2m away from other people. Self-isolate if we are asked to or if we have COVID-19 symptoms. If we all do this, we will save lives and get out of the restrictions sooner.”

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts.

This will help people 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 – advising them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book at test if they develop symptoms.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

For more information about the latest guidance visit bristol.gov.uk/coronavirus