A drive-through coronavirus testing facility is to open at Poppleton Park and Ride in York as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers.
The site sits alongside a rapidly expanding network of testing sites being set up around the UK, and is operating on an appointment-only basis for NHS staff and other key workers. The facility will be piloted for its first few days of operation.
This follows the launch of the Government’s partnership with universities, research institutes and companies to begin rollout of the network of new labs and field-testing sites across the UK, with 35 testing sites opened to date.
This network will provide thousands more PCR swab tests - which are used to identify if you currently have the virus - for critical key workers, starting with NHS front line staff. This means those who test negative for coronavirus can return to work as soon as possible, and those who test positive are able to recover.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said: “Key workers in York and across the country are doing an incredible job to save lives and help the people of York.
“We want to help them where we can and have worked closely with the Department for Health and Social Care and the Local Resilience Forum to open up a new testing centre so that key workers and their families can get the tests they need so they can continue their invaluable work.
“I would like to thank First for their help with this in offering a location for the testing to take place. This is yet another example of the city coming together during this Coronavirus outbreak.”
Anne Hook, Lib Dem Councillor for Rural West York ward said: “I am delighted that the Government and the NHS are setting up and managing a new testing centre here in Poppleton.”
“This accessible facility will help ensure that healthy staff members will be able to come back to work, safe in the knowledge they are not furthering the spread of Covid-19. I’d also like to pay tribute to our key workers for the outstanding job they are doing keeping us safe during the crisis.”