Bristol to get door-to-door testing in search for mutated virus

bristol to get door to door testing in search for mutated virus - Bristol to get door-to-door testing in search for mutated virus

People unable to access the new ‘surge testing’ sites around Bristol could be offered a doorstep service instead.

Bristol City Council has released more details today (February 7) about the proactive drive to identify any new cases of the mutated coronavirus variant.

The council is working with colleagues at South Gloucestershire Council and the Department for Health and Social Care to step up testing, after a cluster of 11 cases of concern were found earlier this week.

Three new mobile testing sites opened today and people in 24 specific postcode areas have been encouraged to take up the offer of a test, as long as they do not have symptoms.

A six-page document detailing answers to frequently-asked questions was published by the council this afternoon, with several key updates.

We have summarised all of the important points here, including the opening times of the Covid centres and how long it should take for results to come back.

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It has also been confirmed that key workers who work (but do not live) in the specified postcodes are also eligible to get tested at one of the three sites.

The question of door-to-door testing was also raised, after this was rolled out in other parts of the country in response to the South African variant.

There was no mention of door-to-door testing in the initial announcement yesterday, but the document confirms this is indeed being arranged in Bristol. Under the question ‘I’m shielding, do I have to visit a site to get a test?’, the council wrote: “Arrangements are currently being made for drop-off and collection services, and door-to-door testing services in certain circumstances or locations.

“We will share more information about this as soon as we can.”

One of the test sites is close to Cabot Circus, while the others are at a science park in Emersons Green and a retail park in Hartcliffe :

  • Science Park, Driac Crescent, Emersons Green, BS16 7FR
  • Bristol City Council Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, BS2 9DA
  • Imperial Retail Park, Hartcliffe Way, BS13 7TJ

They all offer drive-thru and walk-thru capacity but the council has acknowledged this still might not be accessible to everyone.

Its FAQ document states: “Mobile testing units require particular site arrangements and there are a limited number of these available.

“We will be setting up other more local arrangements in the coming days. This will include local collection and drop off points.

“Arrangements are currently being made for ‘Collect and Drop’ services in a range of further localities, and other local solutions.”

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