COVID-19: Targeted community testing to take place in north east Hampshire/Surrey border

A targeted two-week community testing programme is taking place in a number of postcodes across the Hart District, Rushmoor Borough and Surrey border in response to confirmation of a small number of cases of the variant, first identified in India.
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Local residents without symptoms of COVID-19 over the age of 12, will be able to get a PCR test at one of four mobile testing units specially stationed in the area from Wednesday, 26 May to Wednesday, 9 June.

The following testing units will be open from 8am – 8pm, every day:

  • Hart District Council car park, Fleet – GU51 4AE
  • Napier Gardens, Farnborough - GU11 2JH
  • High Street multi-story car park, Wellington Avenue, Aldershot – GU11 1SD

The Camberley site below is open from 8am - 6pm every day:

  • Blackwater and Hawley Leisure Centre, Camberley – GU17 9BW

Anyone living, working or studying in the following postcodes can book a test:

  • GU11
  • GU12
  • GU51
  • GU52

Children aged 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or carer. 

Those taking part will be notified of their result – whether positive or negative for coronavirus – in the usual way, by NHS Test and Trace.  All positive results will be sent for further analysis and genome-sequencing to determine which strain of the virus they may have. 

Residents can find out more on the County Council’s website at: www.hants.gov.uk/HartRushmoor-testing

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus should not take part in this initiative but continue to attend their Local Testing Site.  

Simon Bryant, Director of Public Health at Hampshire County Council said: “It’s important to stress that the number of cases of this particular variant in the north east of the county are low – and that those identified to date, have isolated appropriately, with their contacts traced and testing offered.

“Working closely with Public Health England, we are adopting a highly precautionary approach in Hampshire, acting fast to address outbreaks before they have a chance to spread. 

“While we know this particular variant transmits quickly, and people may be worried, the good news is that there is currently nothing to suggest that people experience more severe illness as a consequence, or that the vaccines are any less effective against it.

“There is also much we can do to protect ourselves against all variants of COVID-19 - following the ‘hands-face-space-and let in fresh air’ guidance, making ‘test-record-repeat’ part of our weekly routine and getting vaccinated when it’s our turn.

“We are all enjoying the new freedoms, but we must remain cautious, and taking this action early, before the number of cases grows, is the right thing to do and one of the best ways to continue to protect our local population.”

***UPDATE (27 May): Thank you to everyone who has come forward for testing so far. Please note, from Friday 28 May, an appointment is no longer needed to take part in this community testing initiative. Afternoons and evenings are generally quieter at our mobile testing units – either drive-through or walk-in on the day.***

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