New COVID-19 mobile testing sites in Dorset - Public Health Dorset

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New COVID-19 mobile testing sites in Dorset

Mobile coronavirus testing units will be available at Stour Meadows Car Park in Blandford and North Beach car park in Swanage next week for residents who have developed COVID-19 symptoms and need to go for a COVID-19 test.

The Stour Meadows site will be in operation Sunday to Wednesday each week, with drivers wishing to park in the area asked to plan ahead and find alternative parking on these days.

In Swanage, North Beach Car Park will have limited parking spaces available on testing days, Thursday to Saturday each week. Access for coastguards and visitors to the football ground is unaffected.

If any residents develop coronavirus symptoms: a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss or change of sense of smell, or a loss or change of sense of taste, they must self-isolate and book a test.

People can book a COVID-19 test using the online portal www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119. Home testing kits are available for those who can’t get to a testing site.

Rachel Partridge, Assistant Director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils said: “We welcome these new mobile testing sites which will help provide testing provision for residents in the north of the county and Purbeck area.

“If you do develop coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate and book a test. Your household must self-isolate until a result is received.

“Attending a test is one of the reasons you can leave home while we are in a national lockdown.”

Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: “It’s reassuring to know that local residents can access testing quickly and easily should they need it with the introduction of the additional mobile testing units. If anyone develops coronavirus symptoms, do not hesitate, book a test online or over the phone.”

As well as Blandford and Swanage, the following sites are available for residents to book a COVID-19 test depending on where the sites are scheduled to be on the day and their capacity:

  • Bridport
  • Dorchester
  • Swannery Car Park, Weymouth
  • Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, Portland
  • Hawkwood Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth
  • Lansdowne, Bournemouth
  • Wallisdown, Bournemouth
  • Creekmoor, Poole
  • Dolphin Swimming Pool Car Park, Poole
  • Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Christchurch

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