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New walk-through Covid-19 test centre opens in Portsmouth

New walk-through Covid-19 test centre opens in Portsmouth

New walk-through Covid-19 test centre opens in Portsmouth

A new Covid-19 testing facility has been opened in Portsmouth.

Testing for the local community and students and staff is now available at a walk-through site at the university.

It is being offered by Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The facility, which is based in the car park of the university’s Eldon building, offers timed appointments which can be booked in advance at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus can book a test. Results can be expected the next day.

The site is easily accessible without a car and those being tested will be required to follow public health measures.

The throat and nose swabs are self-administered and there are no clinical staff on site.

If someone is medically exempt from wearing a face covering or cannot take a swab themselves due to a physical impairment, other options – including appointments at the Tipner drive-through site or home testing kits – are available when booking. Children can be tested at this site but need to have a parent/guardian to take the swabs.

Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at Portsmouth City Council, said: “We’re pleased to have partnered with the university and DHSC to install a new testing facility at the university that will be available to the wider community as well as students and staff.

“It shows our commitment to doing everything we can to help keep the infection rate low in the city.”

Professor Bob Nichol, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Portsmouth, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this testing centre which will help reassure our University community and local residents.”

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