New Covid-19 testing centre opens at Toyota in Derbyshire
The Toyota factory in Burnaston where a coronavirus testing centre is now open to the public with appointments
Members of the public who want to be tested for Covid-19 can now do so at South Derbyshire’s Toyota factory.
The Burnaston car factory is already the site of a testing facility for key workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic being run by DHU Health Care.
However, the test centre has now branched out to deal with members of the public who request a test in a bid to increase choice and availability of appointments. Tests are by appointment only, people are not allowed to just turn up.
Members of the public can already choose whether they want to take the test at home or at a test site with an appointment.
Due to the Covid-19 escalation within the UK, DHU Health Care worked with Derby and Derbyshire CCG to find a location in Derby.
Toyota allowed a facility to be set up on its site just off the A38 and now it has been expanded to members of the public.
DHU Health Care has now told Burton Live that the facility also has capacity to provide testing for local residents, and that being able to access the Toyota facility via the national portal increases choice and availability of appointments.
If anyone wants to book an appointment they need to visit the national portal https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test where they receive a QR code – this confirms their appointment with a date and time to attend Toyota testing facility.
The Toyota testing facility can be selected online to make an appointment for a test.
On arrival those arriving for a test will be greeted by a marshal who will direct them into the site.
A registered nurse (wearing full PPE) will call their car forward and will instruct the driver to wind-down their window approximately 2cm to confirm their appointment.
The testing kit is then placed (covered) under the wiper blade, if there is more than one person who requires testing their first names are written on each of the testing kits and on the instruction leaflets, given by the nurse, said a spokesman.
Once the test kit has been placed under the wiper blade a member of the health care team, in scrubs and full PPE, will call the car forward into the testing facility and the packs are taken from the wiper blade. The patient then winds down their window fully.
They are asked to blow into a tissue. The swab is removed from the sterile packet and inserted to rear of the throat, to obtain the sample, then the same swab is entered in to each nostril to complete the full sample.
Once this is completed they are asked to wind up their window and exit the compound using one-way system.
Results take approximately 48 hours to return to each person who has been tested and registered their unique code.