Government Covid-19 Advice for Social Care services

What are mobile testing units?

Testing is a key part of the national COVID-19 response, with the testing facility at Copdock being well-used.

Mobile testing units mobilised by the Ministry of Defence are now enabling more people to be tested across Suffolk. These are particularly useful for those who cannot easily access the testing facility at Copdock.

Where are the mobile testing units in Suffolk?

Confirmed locations for mobile testing units in Suffolk are:

  • Haverhill (from Monday 4 May to Wednesday 6 May, inclusive) •Lowestoft (from Thursday 29 April onwards) •Newmarket (from Tuesday 5 May to Thursday 7 May, inclusive)

The Suffolk Resilience Forum, comprising of the Suffolk’s NHS, Emergency and Public Services, is currently finalising details for Eye, Leiston and Newmarket, with plans for further sites in the coming weeks.

Who is eligible to be tested for COVID-19?

Those eligible for testing include:

  • all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (see the full list of essential workers) •anyone over 65 with symptoms •anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers) •anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above •NHS workers and patients without symptoms, in line with NHS England guidance

Visit the government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested website for full details.

How do I book a test for COVID-19?

If you’re eligible, you can apply for a test at one of the centres on the gov.uk website.