Help for Key Workers Available and Testing Venue in Preston
May, 1 2020
It’s bad enough isolating yourself to save lives and protect the NHS but what if you’re someone that is described as a ‘key worker’. An individual who has no choice but to work as their choice of work cannot be done at home. You have a slight to increased anxiety about coming into contact with people, in fear you may contract it.
Thankfully, a new Government website is available for key workers with symptoms to book a Coronavirus test. These tests are applicable for key workers or anyone in their household who may be showing some symptoms.
In addition, a Coronavirus testing centre has been set up at Preston’s College in St Vincents Road, which has reached a high percentage of locals getting checked out.
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire, reassured the community in a bid to helping those on the frontline,
“We know that this situation is a difficult time for people. Through testing we can understand more about the scale of this situation and help us to bring normal life back again, once it’s appropriate to do so. By making key workers in the county aware of the testing facilities, it will help us to keep vital services running at this time and protect the key workers themselves.”
The Lancashire Resilience Forum is working closely with partner organisations to create additional mobile and satellite testing sites in the county. However the locations of these sites have yet to be announced.
If your classed as a key worker, the government are requesting you keep a calm mindset with regards to booking a test. As you can imagine the website is extremely busy so please do be patient at this worrying time.
The NHS already has its own testing process in place. People experiencing symptoms must follow the government and NHS advice.
Find out more or to book a key worker test by visiting: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk.
It’s time to take action as a key worker during these uncertain times.
^ Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger