Reading people with Covid-19 symptoms will get the chance to be tested locally on six dates through October.
Reading Borough Council said it had received approval from the Department of Health and Social Care for a mobile testing unit (MTU) at Prospect Park.
The unit will only test people who have pre-booked an appointment.
How the mobile testing unit will work
Where will it be based? In the carpark of Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading
When will it be there? On 1st, 2nd, 8th, 19th, 29th and 30th October
Can I just turn up? No – you must pre-book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace. They will offer you an appointment at the mobile unit if there is availability on the date, otherwise, you will be sent to another permanent or mobile test centre location
Who can get a test? You can only request a free NHS test if:
- you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- you're getting a test for someone you live with who has symptoms
- you have been told to get a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
- your local council asks you to get a test
- you’re taking part in a government pilot project
Councillor Graeme Hoskin, Reading’s lead member for health, said the mobile unit was “a positive step towards keeping Covid under control in Reading and preventing a local outbreak”.
He added: “If you have coronavirus symptoms – a new continuous cough, a temperature or loss of taste or smell – then please get a test. You should also wash your hands, cover your face and make space for others. These simple measures will help control infection rates and prevent a local outbreak.”