Coronavirus Testing on the Island
The mobile coronavirus testing facility is available at 1Leisure Medina until Friday 1 May. Call 03333 218865 to make a booking.
As announced by government yesterday (Tuesday, 28 April), the eligibility criteria for tests has changed, and tests are now being offered to a wider group of people.
✅ keyworkers or member(s) of their household who have started to experience Covid-19 symptoms in the last five days
✅ workers who cannot work from home and any member(s) of their household who have started to experience Covid-19 symptoms in the last five days
✅those aged over 65 and any member(s) of their household who have started to experience Covid-19 symptoms in the last five days.
The full list of people who can be tested is available: https://www.gov.uk/gui…/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested…
(This has changed as part of a regularly reviewed continued developing response to make sure there is sufficient capacity is available to test all those who meet the eligibility criteria, and to ensure they can get a test.)
📆From Saturday 2 May the mobile testing facility will change to a fixed Isle of Wight testing facility at 1Leisure Medina car park. It will be open on Saturday.
📆From Monday 4 May it will be open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 2.30pm each day.
These are the initial opening hours. It will be staffed by NHS colleagues and will be an official Satellite Testing Centre (STC) of the National Testing Programme.
The same process for testing will continue and it can be used by people in cars or on foot. You are strongly advised to contact 03333 218865 before setting off to find out if you are eligible for testing and to make an appointment.
When you call the appointment booking line, you will be advised about eligibility, what you need to bring (including employment identification) and information about what to expect.
The Island facility has been arranged through close partnership working of the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to enable key workers who have started to experience symptoms of Covid-19 within the past 5 days, to access local testing facilities, rather than having to travel to the mainland.
Please see information in comments about the central government testing initiative by post.