Hundreds tested for COVID-19 at pop-up site

Published: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Almost 500 people were tested for COVID-19 last week at a mobile testing site at the town hall.

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The Grenadier Guards set up the testing unit over two days. Essential workers, including frontline workers in health and social care, people unable to work from home, such as plumbers and construction workers, people over 65 with symptoms and other eligible residents were invited along to check if they had the virus.

Suzy Humphrey, who works for the council’s KITE enablement team, got tested in the hope she could get back to work. KITE is part of the adult social care department and helps older and vulnerable people get back to living independently in their own home after an illness or fall.

She drove to the town hall car park and was given a test through her car window. She did the test herself, and dropped it off on her way out.

“I’m happy to have had the choice to do my test. I don’t have the virus so I feel free for my family and for my patients I visit daily. I’m clear to work freely and I’ve got all my PPE to work with and I’m happy with that,” she said afterwards.

No further pop-up testing sites are scheduled at the town hall, but if any are arranged this will be communicated via the council’s channels, including social media and the Brightside Online e-newsletter.

If you need support during the lockdown, contact the Wandsworth Community Hub.