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St Mary’s to Host New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Site

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St Mary’s University, Twickenham, in partnership with the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, is to host a Coronavirus (COVID-19) walk-in test site in the car park at its Teddington Lock Sports Campus.

The new testing centre, located on Broom Road in Teddington, will boost local testing capacity, alongside the permanent testing centre at Twickenham Stadium and the mobile testing site, which is regularly based in Old Deer Park, Richmond.

The new site is due to begin operations in the coming weeks and will be open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

To access a test, you MUST book an appointment. Test appointments are available to book for those with Coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. Tests can be booked on the new NHS Covid-19 app, online: nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Those visiting the site for testing will be required to follow stringent public health measures, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, practising good personal hygiene and not travelling by taxi or public transport, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.

Anyone attending an appointment at the new walk-through site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely when they book their test, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

For the test centre to operate effectively, the University has closed the car park at Teddington lock. There will be pedestrian access to the site through a new temporary gate on Kingston Road adjacent the Pavilion, which is next to the All-Weather Pitch. Wheelchair users can continue to access the site from Broome Road but should contact Sport St Mary’s for further information.

If you are visiting the Teddington Lock campus, please either travel via public transport, bike or on foot to avoid traffic congestion. If you need to drive, please park in local roads, paying attention to the local parking restrictions, and finish your journey on foot.

Speaking of the new testing site, St Mary’s Vice-Chancellor Anthony McClaran said, “Access to testing is an essential part of the battle to control and reduce the spread of Covid-19. St Mary’s shares Richmond Council’s commitment to protecting the health of the whole community and we want to support all residents of the local area through hosting this new Coronavirus testing site.”

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said, “There is a very high demand for Coronavirus tests and it is vital we test people with these symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our community.

“Finding positive cases and asking these people and their household to self-isolate is key to breaking the chains of transmission, so we can keep Richmond upon Thames safe and try to avoid the need for greater restrictions on daily life.

“It is still vital that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms gets tested. By increasing the testing capacity within our borough through the new site, we want to make it easier for all residents who have symptoms to access a test quickly.”

To find out more about how St Mary’s has made its campus Covid-Secure, please visit our Stay Safe at St Mary’s website.

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