Surrey County Council updates info on who and how of coronavirus testing


People in Surrey can find out more about who can get a coronavirus test, and how, on the Surrey County Council website.

A recently updated webpage sets out eligibility, how to book, and information about the different types of tests available.  Videos explain how testing is carried out.

The council said on Thursday (30 April) that under the latest guidance “in addition to key workers, testing is now available to anyone over the age of 65 with symptoms, anyone with symptoms who cannot work from home, and care home staff and residents.”

The full eligibility list – including for people with symptoms who live with those in qualifying categories – is on the webpage.

The Surrey Local Resilience Forum (LRF), responsible for emergency planning in the county, is rolling out a range of testing methods, including home testing kits and mobile testing sites, so that all eligible people in need of a test will be able to access one.

Clare Stone, the strategic lead for Covid-19 testing in Surrey, said: “I want to reassure people living and working in Surrey that we are working around the clock to ensure that testing will be available for everyone who is eligible.

“We have already increased our testing capacity, and we are developing solid plans to make sure we can continue to meet demand.”

Access to testing centres in Chessington, Gatwick and Twickenham has been available to key workers for the past couple of weeks and a new local testing centre site is opening in Guildford this week.

The county council said on Thursday that around 1,500 key workers had been through the process.

The council’s webpage includes information on when to use Surrey’s booking process, and when to use the Government’s.  (The tests are the same.)


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