Extended stay for Odd Down testing unit

The temporary COVID-19 mobile testing unit, which has been based at Odd Down Park & Ride in Bath, will operate for a further week.

The mobile testing unit (MTU) will be operating within a secure section of the site from Monday June 29 to Friday July 3 and will mean many people will not have to travel to Bristol Airport to get a test.

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

The MTU is part of the COVID-19 National Testing Programme and will be available from Monday June 29 until Friday July 3, able to carry out up to 400 tests per day. It will be operated by military personnel and is available for people with symptoms who have pre-booked appointments only.

Appointments can be made through https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested or people without internet access can dial 119.

Council staff will be on-site to direct those visiting the MTU to ensure the safety of all users of the site.

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
  • 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: “I welcome the additional week, it is reassuring to know people can use this temporary facility rather than having to travel to the test centre at Bristol Airport.

“Last week we had a few people walking to the temporary unit so I want to remind people if you think you have symptoms of coronavirus please book in for a test and please drive there. 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 Odd Down Park & Ride is BA2 8PD.

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 Bath 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