The first walk-through testing site has opened in Bristol to help residents get a free test as quickly and as easily as possible if they develop symptoms of coronavirus.
Located off St Paul’s Road at the rear of the University of Bristol’s Victoria Rooms near the Triangle, the site has been set up to provide an easily accessible and central location for more people to get tested for the virus.
Anyone with symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and results arrive the next day.
Christina Gray, Director of Public Health at Bristol City Council, said:
“This new walk-through testing site, our first in the city centre, will help encourage more people in Bristol to take the test if they are unwell. Its central location means that those who were unable to get to other sites can now access testing more easily to help limit the spread of the virus.
“New reports of COVID-19 in Bristol are monitored very carefully by Public Health teams in both Bristol City Council and Public Health England.
“Our residents have shown great support and effort in following the guidelines, however we need to remain vigilant. I urge anyone who has symptoms of the virus to book a test as soon as possible so we can continue to prevent the spread.”
Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol with responsibility for Communities, Equalities and Public Health, added:
“The people of Bristol should be proud of their efforts in helping limit the spread of the virus.
“The new site, which we hope will be one of many in Bristol, will make it so much easier for people living in the city to get a test done simply and quickly. Everyone needs to do their bit and getting a test if you have any symptoms is key to preventing further infections.”
Testing is available to everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
It is advised that those being tested do not travel to the site by taxi or public transport and they should follow social distancing, practice good personal hygiene and wear a face covering, including for travelling to and from the testing site. It is requested that those arriving for a test do not enter Victoria Rooms and use the rear entrance off St Paul's Road to access the testing site.
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 sense of smell or taste.