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Coronavirus: Drive-through test centre in York open

Coronavirus: Drive-through test centre in York open

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 5:45am 27th April 2020.

Drive-in COVID-19 test facility now open

  • Key workers can now receive a test for coronavirus at a drive-in facility in York.
  • It's appointment only.
  • The facility's been open at Poppleton Park and Ride.

A drive through coronavirus test centre has opened in York.

The facility at Poppleton Park and Ride is open for NHS and other key workers only, and they'll need to make an appointment.

It's part of a UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands of more people and the station is one of 50 regional centres being set up by the government.

The testing centre is being operated in partnership with Serco and Boots, and will offer assisted and self-administered tests.

Those tested will receive their results within a few days.

Richard Flinton, Chair of North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum said:

“The centre serving North Yorkshire LRF area will be a hugely valuable asset in the region’s fight against the impact of Coronavirus – particularly in helping critical key workers, like health and social care staff, return to work.  

“Making sure these front line staff can support their NHS partners with hospital discharges and residential care providers with managing admissions to care homes as well being able to continue to provide important safeguarding roles is essential. The work they do is saving lives and protecting the health services and the public.

“The fact that the facility will also allow a broad range of other LRF partners access to testing including we hope police and fire officers, without really long round trips, is also very welcome.”