Coronavirus: New walk through test centre in Eastbourne

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for those with symptoms in Eastbourne.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 10:40 am
File: Eastbourne seafront/Eastbourne beach SUS-210324-130350001
File: Eastbourne seafront/Eastbourne beach SUS-210324-130350001

People can book appointments for tests at Fort Fun (Princes Park) Car Park as part of the government’s UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.

Testing at the site is only available 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. The government is committed to continue expanding the capacity of the network of UK test sites and laboratories to make it even easier to get tested and reduce the time it takes to receive test results.

Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practicing good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through test site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

Testing at the new site started yesterday (Sunday, March 28) with appointments made available each day.

The site is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history which has the capacity to process more than 750,000 tests a day and includes more than 1,000 sites across the UK, including 90 drive-through sites, 523 walk-through sites, seven Lighthouse laboratories, home testing and satellite kits, and a large number of mobile units.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them trace their contacts. This will help to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, asking them to stay at home for ten days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book a test if they develop symptoms