HEART of Worcestershire College (HoW College) has opened its Bromsgrove and Redditch car parks as temporary Coronavirus testing centres in an effort to boost the national testing capacity.
The drive-through centres offer self-administered tests for NHS employees and their families with those tested receiving their results within a few days.
HoW College opened its Bromsgrove carpark yesterday and around 15 cars were already waiting by 10.30am.
The Department of Health and Social Care is leading the mobile testing units and this one is staffed by members of 222 Signal Squadron who are under Command of 16 Signal Regiment (CSF22) from Stafford, where Sergeant Wideman manages his team of 12 soldiers.
As well as offering the car parks as a testing centre, the College has also opened its toilets for the testing team to use throughout the day, as well as providing sandwiches to those workers.
Speaking on behalf of HoW College, deputy chief executive and vice principal, corporate and resources, Nicki Williams, commented said: “As a college we are very proud to be able to offer our carparks as testing centres in a bid to support the NHS in these unprecedented times.
“The College and its staff are always keen to stand behind key workers and the local community wherever possible during the current fight against the Coronavirus.
“A number of our staff have already been involved in supporting the NHS including providing PPE for those on the front line.”
HoW College will continue to offer its Bromsgrove car park as a testing centre until Monday, May 4. From Tuesday to Friday the testing centre will then be relocated to the College’s Osprey House car park in Redditch.
To register for testing, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested