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Temporary coronavirus mobile testing unit in Paulton

Mobile testing unit

A temporary COVID-19 mobile testing unit will be based at Paulton Rovers Football Club car park for residents booking a test via the Government portal from Sunday (August 2).

The mobile testing unit (MTU) will be operating from the club car park until August 14 and will mean many residents will not have to travel to Bristol Airport to get a test.

The MTU is part of the COVID-19 National Testing Programme and appointments can be made through https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested. People without internet access can dial 119.

Residents attending the Paulton unit for a test should arrive by car and not use public transport.

Only people who are experiencing symptoms of the virus are urged to book themselves in for a coronavirus test at the unit.

You can ask for a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms

You can ask for a test for a child who lives with you if they have coronavirus symptoms, whatever their age.

Councillor Rob Appleyard, cabinet member for Adult Services, Safeguarding and Public Health, said “If anyone is concerned that they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus I would urge them to book themselves in for a test. It’s simple to book and having the testing centre based in Paulton will save people a journey to Bristol airport. We are asking residents to drive to the unit to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Anyone who is experiencing symptoms is eligible for the test. It involves taking a swab of the inside of the nose and the back of the throat, using a long cotton bud.”

The postcode for Paulton Football Club is BS39 7RF.

People with symptoms are also advised to self-isolate at home. No one in the household should leave home if any one person has symptoms. There is more guidance on what this involves on the government’s website at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Tests at the mobile testing unit are subject to availability and if all appointments in Paulton are booked, the alternative testing site at Bristol Airport will be offered.

For tests to be effective you must be symptomatic. Symptoms of the virus are a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell. More information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/

More guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#who-can-be-tested

For all council service updates visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/coronavirus

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