New Walk Through Covid Testing Site in New Addington

Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has approved Croydon's first Local Testing Site, which will be located at Addington Community Association car park, Central Parade.

 Following a successful site survey yesterday afternoon, DHSC’s operators confirmed they will be on site today (Tuesday 15 September) to build the centre. It will open for a pilot testing session from 2pm – 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday) and then 10am – 5pm on the day after. The site should be in full operation from Friday, 18 September, when it will be open from 8am-8pm, seven days a week. 

Local Testing Sites are one of the options available to us within the National Testing Programme for Covid-19. Locally the priority is to make it quicker and easier for residents who have Covid-19 symptoms to get a test, helping to protect the local community and keep Croydon safe.  It is hoped to have other sites around the borough in due course.

Local Testing Sites are intended to complement the existing options of home testing, the Mobile Testing Unit at Fairfield Halls and the regional testing sites, for example at Gatwick, and have helped to increase testing in other areas of London where they have been introduced.

Local testing sites have a number of advantages as they are walk-through, so accessible on foot and by bicycle. They can be located much closer to local communities and are particularly designed to serve more vulnerable populations who may not be able to access the other testing options. The site will operate on an appointment-only basis – tests must be booked in advance, online at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus or by phoning 119.

DHSC has informed us that the site has detailed operating procedures which have been signed off by Public Health England to ensure that health and safety are at the forefront, and they will have a number of measures in place including:

  • Social distancing measures: Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practicing good hygiene and wearing face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the centre). After booking their test, people receive the full address and directions to their local testing site.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) on site: Staff on site who are required to interact with people being tested, are required to wear PPE. The on-site operational staff do not wear PPE as that is not required. These staff do not come into any contact with anyone being tested. 
  • Cleaning regime: There is a strict cleaning regime for the centre which means that facilities are cleaned multiple times a day to ensure very high standards of hygiene. Waste is removed on a regular basis.
  • Designated areas: The testing areas are segregated from all other areas. All areas have been designed to reduce the disturbances to local communities and only operational staff will be in the area of the testing site.

 

You can watch a video about Local Testing Sites and how they work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcRw92bO8xg&feature=youtu.be.

For more information on NHS Test and Trace visit www.nhs/coronavirus.