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Gatwick car park to become a test centre for COVID-19

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London Gatwick is joining the fight against the coronavirus by providing use of its long-stay car park as a drive-through testing centre for invited doctors, nurses and other key workers.

Initially for use by National Health System (NHS) staff and invited key workers, the site opened today and be available between 09:00 – 17:00 daily, on an appointment-only basis.

Airport chief executive,?Stewart Wingate, said: “We are pleased to support the national effort against the spread of the coronavirus by allowing Gatwick facilities to be used as a vital testing centre for frontline health workers.

“We have the space available at Gatwick to be able to host such a large-scale operation. Alongside keeping the airport open to support repatriation flights, amongst others, we are happy to be able to support the NHS, Government and the country in whatever way we can.”

UK Health Minister, Lord Bethell, noted: “The government is rapidly scaling up the national effort to boost testing capacity for coronavirus to protect the vulnerable, support our NHS, and ultimately save lives.

“This new service will help end the uncertainty of whether NHS and social care staff need to stay at home meaning those who test negative will be able to return to work.

“This is a national effort and we are proud to be working with a number of partners to turn this ambition into a reality and roll out additional capacity to where it is needed.”

 

11 Comments

  1. Caroline Allan 8th April 2020

    We are a Domiciliary home care provider in Crawley how can I get my staff tested ? Do I wait for an invite
    Caroline Allan Classic Care Services ltd
    callanccsl@btconnect.com

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    1. Joe Bates 14th April 2020

      Hi Caroline, I believe guidance from the Department for Health and Social Care is that you should be contacted by your NHS employer to arrange and if this hasn’t yet happened, that would be the route to chase. I am sorry, I don’t know what the arrangements are for care workers and neither does Gatwick Airport.

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  2. Aby 11th April 2020

    I’m a front liner I work in nhs and carehome both I am showing signs and symptoms how can I book the test there’s no contact number to call or a link to be able to book our selves.Please help..

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  3. Sandra Staples 11th April 2020

    I work with care providers to find care for patients being discharged from hospitals which is an extremely urgent job to free capacity On wards please advise urgently when care providers will be able to take the test so I can support our amazing providers and staff Sandra Staples

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  4. David Peters 12th April 2020

    how do we get an appointment ???????

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  5. Karen Jones 13th April 2020

    I work as a private domiciliary care worker and I am desperate to be tested as I do not want to take this virus into my elderly vulnerable clients, how do I get an appointment for testing?

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  6. Martin Weld 14th April 2020

    How do I make an appointment. Thank you.

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  7. Sally Pederson 23rd April 2020

    How do I get an appointment

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  8. Dawn Riach-brown 25th April 2020

    I was able to book but didn’t give me a option to input my husband and son in same house hold. Do we just all turn up to the appointment?

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  9. David Gantlett 29th April 2020

    as a private hospital worker under contract to NHS please advise how I can get this test ?
    Thanks

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  10. Rachel Nettleton 30th April 2020

    Hi I’m a private care worker and would like to be tested along with my partner who is a postman and my mother who is 74, we all live in the same household thanks

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