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Mobile COVID-19 Testing Units in Barnet
Posted on: 21/09/2020
Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms - mobile COVID-19 testing unit details for this week
A mobile COVID-19 testing unit will be returning to the borough five times over the next seven days. It will be at Edgware Community Hospital on Tuesday and Wednesday (22 and 23 September), at Barnet House on Friday (25 September) and Brent Cross Shopping Centre on Sunday and Monday (27 and 28 September). The unit will be open for tests for attendees in a vehicle and on foot, at each location, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. ALL appointments must be pre-booked. People who just turn up will not be able to have a test.
A place can be booked at the Barnet site or any other location near you, via the national booking site at: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
It is especially important, as case numbers have recently risen in the borough and at a time where more people across the country may be considering a return to work, that if you or any of your family members or friends exhibit symptoms of the virus, that you apply to take a test as soon as possible. We all need to remember to stay alert to control the virus and save lives.
Barnet Local Authority have also now published a webpage with upcoming dates of where the mobile testing unit will be in Barnet. The page has all the information you need to know, and can be found here.
Testing is now available for anyone with symptoms (read more here). However, guidelines for testing specify that individuals should be tested within the first five days of showing symptoms as this is when it will be most effective. It is therefore vital that if you have symptoms that you apply to take a test as soon as possible. It is really important that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is able to get a test. If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, do not try to book a test as you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it.
NOTE AS OF MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER: Local slots for any particular day of testing become available for booking online from 6pm the day before. The national booking portal is extremely busy at present and we encourage staff/residents to keep trying as slots may become available throughout the day as they are released.
Please keep checking www.barnet.gov.uk/mobiletesting for more information on testing and locations.
- Please be aware that people can arrive at test sites on foot. The portal currently only has an option for drive-through, but this is an issue with the booking portal. You can write anything in the vehicle registration box so those who are attending on foot should just write ‘Unknown’ in the box. If you are intending to attend the site on foot, you should not be using public transport to get there.