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New Covid-19 testing centres open in Bude and Penzance

New Covid-19 testing centres open in Bude and Penzance

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:23am 18th May 2020. (Updated at 7:17am 18th May 2020)

Two new mobile coronavirus testing centres have opened up in Cornwall - in Bude and Penzance.

The centres are set up by the Department of Health and Social Care but the two sites are managed by members of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, so people will see military personnel in attendance. 

These mobile testing centres are for people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to test if they currently have the virus.

The centres are operating for the next few days only and tests are available for key workers, NHS and care staff, and also people over 65.

Where are the centres?

  • Bude: The Venue, Stucley Road, Bude, EX23 8AR

Sunday 17th May – Thursday 21st May

Open between 10am-4pm

  • Penzance: Penzance Park & Ride, Jelbert Way, TR18 3RG

Monday 18th May – Wednesday 20th May

Open between 11am-3pm


Who can apply for testing?

You can apply to get a test if you’re in one of the following groups:

  • all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (see the full list of essential workers)
  • people over 65 with symptoms
  • people with symptoms going to work who cannot work from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
  • anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above

How to book your test:

The test must be booked online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test

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At the test centre:

Once you have your booking confirmed make your way to the testing station at your allotted time.  On arrival you will be given instruction on what to do by the Testing site personnel. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves or assisted by someone else.

The tests are always carried out safely, observing social distancing.

You will be safely passed the equipment you will need to do the test.

For guidance, people should arrive at their allotted time.  Take your own hand sanitizer or anti-bac hand wipes so that your hands are clean when doing the test.  Also take tissues so that you can cough into them and blow your nose before swabbing.  Follow all instructions and keep your vehicle windows closed.

The centres can only cater for people arriving in their vehicles.

Test results:

The result of tests taken at Bude and Penzance should be known within three days.

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Health and care workers:

Please note that the NHS is providing additional testing sites for health and care workers as part of the local hospital laboratory service. 

These are located at Threemilestone, Truro and Menheniot, Liskeard.  Access to these services is via the employer route.

People awaiting admission to hospital:

Further sites in Cornwall will be provided for people without symptoms who are awaiting admission to hospital for treatment. 

At this stage, sites are planned to open on Monday 18th May at Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, RCHT Mobility Centre, Truro and Cornish Pirates, Penzance.

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