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Mobile Testing Units in Surrey

Published: 20 July 2020

Got symptoms? Get tested

Many residents have been asking about the mobile Coronavirus testing facilities that have been springing up in some car parks across Surrey. If you've seen make shift tents being put up in a car park near you, that's probably what it is.

Testing

Now ANYONE with Coronavirus symptoms should self isolate and get tested. The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Visit the NHS coronavirus website or call 119 to book a test.

When you book a test the team will book you at a testing site that is at the most convenient location for you.
You may also have been asked to get a test if you are about to go into hospital, for example, for surgery.

Who can use a mobile testing site?

All testing sites, which includes the mobile testing sites, need to be pre-booked online you won't be able to just show up without a pre-booked appointment. This is to manage the amount of people on site at any one time for social distancing purposes. So please make sure you book. You will be allocated the most convenient testing site to your location.

Why is there a Mobile Testing Unit in my area?

The Department of Health and Social Care have provided three mobile testing units (MTUs) for use in Surrey which they will add to or re-deploy elsewhere in the country should the need arise. The units are visiting areas in Surrey to ensure a good geographical spread of testing sites and will be moved to wherever the demand for testing is highest.

How will I know if there is a Mobile Testing Unit in my area?

The MTUs are there to ensure there is a good geographical spread of testing units. They will move from town to town and will only be placed where it is felt the added capacity helps with an uptake in more tests. There is no need for residents to feel alarmed.

You may see something on your local or district borough council social media feeds announcing their arrival. However, you are not able to book directly with a MTU, or via your local council you need to book on the NHS coronavirus website or ring 119 who will be able to allocate you to the most convenient local testing site to you, which may or may not be a mobile testing unit. The MTUs use the same level of testing as other testing sites.

For more information on the types of testing, test and trace and Surrey's Local Outbreak Control Plan please visit our coronavirus web pages.

If you have symptoms book a test on the NHS coronavirus website or call 119.

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