A walk-through coronavirus testing facility will open at the Universities at Medway Campus in Chatham this week as part of the government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities. Testing is available for everyone with coronavirus symptoms, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
The testing facility will be located in front of the Jellicoe building, in the car park accessed by North Road. This area has a low student footfall, and you will not need to walk through main campus to access it. The site is easily accessible without a car, and those being tested will be required to follow public health measures in attending the testing centre, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre).
Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely.
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted). Those being tested may experience some mild discomfort but it should not hurt.
Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and you can expect your result the next day.
Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.