New testing centres in Yeovilton and Bridgwater
The new walk-through coronavirus testing facility for Bridgwater will open this Sunday. The facility has been set up with co-operation between Somerset County Council and Bridgwater Town Council. It should help to improve the availability of testing. However that depends on the centralised NHS system sending people to a local facility. The walk-through site will be the first of its kind in the County.
Cllr Leigh Redman told The Leveller® “As the County councillor for the area that this fantastic facility is in, I must admit that it will help many people to be tested locally. To clear up a few points, as well as public testing this is for key workers to have their regular tests locally. It is for those people who don’t have easy access to transport. Tests will be by appointment only, not everyone tested will be those with symptoms. The entry queues will be at the back and limited, a small number of parking spaces for testing only will be available in front the town hall and be time limited.
I am trying to contact Angel place management to try and use their parking next to the town hall so that we can open up the bays in front, this is a work in progress. I will make sure that issues or concerns are dealt with ASAP. I am pleased that Bridgwater will benefit from this and make it easier for our community.”
Separately a drive-through facility in Yeovilton is also going live this week. The two new sites sit alongside the existing facilities at Taunton Racecourse and Frome Cricket Club and are important developments in the County’s bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You can read more about the Taunton site in the November edition of our paper which will be delivered next week.
Trudi Grant, Somerset’s Director of Public Health told us “Testing is available only for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.”