Temporary Covid-19 test unit returns to former Pencil Factory site

A Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit is due to be at Keswick’s former Pencil Factory site this week.

Operated by Armed Forces personnel, the Department for Health and Social Care unit will be at the site from Tuesday to Thursday (2 – 4 June).

The former Pencil Factory site is owned by Keswick Ministries, the organisation that runs the annual Keswick Convention.

Murray Lawrie, facilities manager at Keswick Ministries, said: “We are pleased that the site continues to be used as a testing station. We’d like to thank the management of the Pencil Museum who have also supported these measures.”

The testing unit was previously at the site between 22 and 24 May.

People are being advised to pre-book an appointment for the Covid-19 test.

Mobile testing units have an integrated one-way system that allows those with an appointment to attend for either walk-in or drive through testing. The self-test involves taking a swab sample from the back of the throat and inside of the nose.

The eligibility criteria for tests has been extended to include:

  • Anyone aged five-years-old and over with symptoms
  •          Any essential worker with symptoms.
  • Members of the household of essential workers who are symptomatic

More guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#who-can-be-tested

Essential workers are given priority.

For tests to be effective you must be symptomatic, more on the symptoms of Covid-19 can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/

A Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit is due to be at Keswick’s former Pencil Factory site this week.

Operated by Armed Forces personnel, the Department for Health and Social Care unit will be at the site from Tuesday to Thursday (2 – 4 June).

The former Pencil Factory site is owned by Keswick Ministries, the organisation that runs the annual Keswick Convention.

Murray Lawrie, facilities manager at Keswick Ministries, said: “We are pleased that the site continues to be used as a testing station. We’d like to thank the management of the Pencil Museum who have also supported these measures.”

The testing unit was previously at the site between 22 and 24 May.

People are being advised to pre-book an appointment for the Covid-19 test.

Mobile testing units have an integrated one-way system that allows those with an appointment to attend for either walk-in or drive through testing. The self-test involves taking a swab sample from the back of the throat and inside of the nose.

The eligibility criteria for tests has been extended to include:

  • Anyone aged five-years-old and over with symptoms
  •          Any essential worker with symptoms.
  • Members of the household of essential workers who are symptomatic

More guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#who-can-be-tested

Essential workers are given priority.

For tests to be effective you must be symptomatic, more on the symptoms of Covid-19 can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/

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