Gatwick opens drive-through coronavirus testing centre

Gatwick: testing centre open

A new drive-through coronavirus testing centre has opened today (Wednesday, 8) at Gatwick Airport.

Under canvas, four lanes have been constructed in one of the long-stay car-parks.

According to airport management, the tests are available by appointment only, and are initially for NHS staff and key workers.

Gatwick’s chief executive Stewart Wingate said:

“We are pleased to support the national effort against the spread of the coronavirus by allowing Gatwick facilities to be used as a vital testing centre for frontline health workers.

“We have the space available at Gatwick to be able to host such a large-scale operation.

“Alongside keeping the airport open to support repatriation flights, amongst others, we are happy to be able to support the NHS, Government and the country in whatever way we can.”

Gatwick: entrance to testing centre

Government junior health minister James Bethell added:

“This new service will help end the uncertainty of whether NHS and social care staff need to stay at home meaning those who test negative will be able to return to work.

“This is a national effort and we are proud to be working with a number of partners to turn this ambition into a reality and roll out additional capacity to where it is needed.

“The Government is rapidly scaling up testing capacity for the coronavirus to protect the vulnerable, support our NHS, and ultimately save lives.”

At opening, the testing lanes were available from 9am to 5pm.


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