Walk-in coronavirus testing centre opens in Worthing
A new walk-in coronavirus testing centre has opened in Worthing’s Civic Centre car park in Stoke Abbott Road.
Testing started today (November 24), with appointments made available every day.
Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “To respond to the coronavirus, we have built a major testing and tracing system from scratch. We are constantly working to expand and improve it with new technologies and innovations so everyone with symptoms can get a test.
“New walk-in sites like this one makes it even easier to get a test no matter where you live. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others and stop the spread of the virus.”
The new site’s central location makes it easily accessible for people without a car and is available only for people with coronavirus symptoms, i.e. a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.
Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through test site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
The site is part of a national network that the Government claims has the capacity to process more than 500,000 tests a day and includes more than 600 sites across the UK, including 79 drive-through sites, 341 walk-through sites, 258 mobile units, home testing and satellite kits and five Lighthouse laboratories.
Book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.