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Temporary coronavirus mobile testing unit in Paulton
People living in the Paulton area are being urged to book themselves in for a coronavirus test at a new temporary mobile testing unit if they are experiencing any symptoms of the virus.
A temporary mobile testing unit will be set up at Paulton Rovers Football ground from Friday January 15. The MTU will be in addition to one at Odd Down P&R and the walk-in Local Testing Site at Carpenter House in Bath.
The MTU will operate each day from 10am-3pm. It has capacity to provide up to 400 tests per day, although experience of MTUs operating across the South West suggests that between 30 and 100 people are tested per day on average.
You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:
- you have a high temperature
- you have a new, continuous cough
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
- you’re taking part in a government pilot project
- you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result
You can book a test for yourself or for someone you live with if one of the points above applies to them.
The MTU is only available for people who can arrive at the site in a private vehicle and who book appointments through a national online portal. Appointments can be made through: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
People without internet access can dial 119.
Councillor Rob Appleyard, cabinet member for Adult Services, said: “With the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases this is welcome news for people living in and around Paulton and I want to say a big thank you to the club for making their site available for the unit.. If anyone is concerned that they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus I would strongly urge them to book themselves in for a test
“Anyone who is experiencing symptoms is eligible for the test. It involves taking a swab of the inside of the nose and the back of the throat, using a long cotton bud.”
If you’re getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. This also applies to anyone in your support bubble. There is more guidance on what this involves on the government’s website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
More guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#who-can-be-tested
For all council service updates visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/coronavirus
As you may be aware the next Census for England and Wales will take place on Sunday 21 March 2021.
The data the Census provides underpins the planning and funding of public services, therefore ensuring that our count here in South Gloucestershire is as accurate as possible is of paramount importance, so we receive the resource allocations and funding we are entitled to from central government and have the best data to plan our services effectively.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will run the Census and have recently appointed Census Engagement Managers (CEMs) to take the work forward locally. The ONS has produced an informative 2021 Census Community Handbook which explains what the Census is all about, why it matters and how you can help to spread the word across your community. The handbook and other useful information can be downloaded from: https://census.gov.uk