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COVID-19 testing

Find out about COVID-19 testing

Published on: 14 April 2021

Last updated: 14 April 2021

Testing sites - frequently asked questions

Why have you launched walk-through testing centres? Who are they targeted for?

We have launched this additional route to allow people without access to cars to book appointments, and to improve accessibility to testing in the heart of communities who need it most.

Why have we chosen these sites?

The Department of Health and Social Care has a very strict criteria for semi-permanent testing sites. The three locations offer the space, accessibility and entry and exit points to allow for the testing of as many residents as possible.

Is this safe – why are you asking symptomatic people to walk into busy places?

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, including: adhering to social distancing; not travelling in a taxi or on public transport; wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre); and washing their hands thoroughly before leaving for their appointment. This approach has been agreed with expert clinical oversight.

What are you doing to keep residents safe?

The following safety measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of our residents:

  • daily enhanced cleaning of each testing centre
  • all staff working in the testing centres will wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) and each day all waste will be disposed of and removed as clinical waste
  • additional security will be available at each site, ensuring that anyone waiting for a test is wearing a face covering and social distancing
  • layouts at walk-through testing sites have been carefully designed to ensure people can move around them safely and prevent spread of the virus

How long will the semi-permanent coronavirus testing centres be in place?

We anticipate that the testing centres will be in place for six months. This will be continually reviewed depending on the local situation in Westminster.

What will happen to my community hall booking?

Existing bookings and regular users of the community halls are being provided with alternative community spaces so that their activities can continue. If you are a user of the hall and were thinking about making a booking or attending an activity please contact [email protected] or call 0207 245 2861 to make an enquiry.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about the semi-permanent testing centres?

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

For the latest information from the Government on COVID-19, visit the GOV.UK website

Who do I contact if I have any questions about coronavirus?

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