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COVID-19 testing centre opens in Gloucester

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The first tests have taken place at Gloucester's new regional COVID-19 testing centre.

Based at Hempsted Meadows and run by the Department for Health and Social Care, the site went live this morning.

Land at the nearby clubhouse of Gloucester Rowing Club is also being used by workers at the centre.

Anyone showing potential symptoms can book at test at www.nhs.uk 

Sarah Scott, chair of the county's Strategic Coordinating Group and Director of Public Health said: "Being able to test significantly more people each day is a huge step forward in managing future spread of C-19 in the county and beyond.

"From the start of this outbreak we have worked closely with partners across the county, regional and nationally.

"It's these strong working relationships that helped secure this centre for the county."

For the next few days the centre will work in tandem with the mobile testing centre at Oxstalls Tennis Centre which will run until Sunday after its initial five-day run was extended to a full month.

It has dealt with around 4,000 people in that time.

An NHS testing centre in Brockworth has been supplying tests to key workers after being referred by their employers.

The NHS in Gloucestershire has developed an online portal to provide advice during the COVID-19 pandemic at covid19.glos.nhs.uk 

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