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Source: City of Southampton

A fourth walk-through COVID-19 testing site is now open in Southampton at University of Southampton’s Avenue Campus Car Park.

The site is being run by Mitie on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for coronavirus.

The Avenue Campus Car Park (Highfield Rd, Southampton SO17 1BF) joins Southampton Guildhall in the City Centre, Woodley Road Car Park in Woolston and Marlborough Road Car Park (South) in Shirley as the fourth walk-through COVID-19 testing site in Southampton. This site will provide easier access to testing for people living in the North of the city.

Appointments for the local testing site are available to anyone with coronavirus symptoms, including vulnerable groups and people with disabilities, seven days a week 8am – 8pm.

You must book ahead at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. All four sites, in Portswood, City Centre, Shirley and Woolston, will not be accepting people that turn up without an appointment.

Safe operating standards, signed off by Public Health England, are followed within the site at all times so that there is no risk posed to the surrounding area.

For those wanting to park near the site, parking will be available at the University, which will be clearly signposted and shared with those signing up for a test.

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Health and Care at Southampton City Council, said:

“If you have COVID-19 symptoms, getting tested is absolutely critical for all of us if we are to help bring infections down during the second national lockdown and reduce pressure on our NHS staff. This new COVID-19 testing site at the University of Southampton’s Avenue Campus Car Park joins recently opened sites in City Centre, Shirley and Woolston that are managed by Mitie on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care.

“Together, the University of Southampton and Southampton City Council are doing our part by working with Department of Health and Social Care to help secure suitable sites in Southampton for walk-through testing at short notice, to offer residents easier access to testing and increase capacity ready for the winter season.

“I urge anyone that has symptoms to make sure they isolate along with members of their household and book a test as soon as possible. But please do not turn up at any of these walk-through sites without a booking.” Richard Middleton, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton said:

“We are very pleased to support Southampton City Council and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) with our provision of dedicated space fr a Local Testing Site at the University’s Avenue Campus. This will help increase public access to COVID-19 testing which is vital to support the city’s response to the pandemic and tackling the spread of the virus and the potential impact it has on the lives of the people in our city.”

Testing for COVID-19 is a vital part of our response to control the virus. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test.

You can find out more about the new walk-through testing centres and read FAQs.

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