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Coronavirus: Updates and information

Find out about available support and how to offer help. Our customer service centre is open to help you by email and phone. Please continue to follow official NHS and government advice.

Book a coronavirus test

You can get a coronavirus test near the Abbey Leisure Complex. The test site is in the overflow car park near the leisure centre on Pool Way, off Whitehill Road.

Do not visit the test site if you do not have an appointment.

The site is open every day from 8am to 8pm. It has capacity to carry out 400 tests per day.

There is no car parking at the site, apart from some disabled parking spaces opposite the entrance – you should walk or cycle, or park nearby.

Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus

You can also call 119 to book your test.

To ensure everybody’s safety, make sure you arrive at the correct time. Go straight to the test site – do not visit the leisure centre.

You’ll be asked to confirm your identity when you arrive, then taken to a testing booth.

Tests are self-administered – you’ll be given guidance on how to use the kit. You will need to take a swab from your nose and mouth. When you have finished, you’ll be shown how to register the test online. You should receive your results the next day.

Watch the government’s short video on what to expect when you visit a local testing site.

Government guidance on local testing sites

Why have you launched walk-through testing sites? Who are they targeted for?

We have launched this additional route to allow people without access to cars to book appointments, and to improve accessibility to testing in the heart of communities who need it most.

When will you open new walk-through testing sites?

We will continue to open further walk-through testing sites where there is demand from local communities. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that everyone in Cambridge with coronavirus symptoms has access to free tests to support continued efforts to reduce the transmission of the virus.

Why did these sites not exist previously, given many people in metropolitan areas particularly affected by COVID-19 don’t have access to a car?

DHSC has provided a range of ways for people to be tested. For those without access to a car this has included satellite deliveries to centres at places like hospitals that have a particularly urgent or significant need, delivering test kits to people’s homes, and offering walk-up appointments at mobile testing units. As capacity has increased the range of options for people has expanded.

Is this safe – why are you asking symptomatic people to walk into busy places?

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, including: adhering to social distancing; not travelling in a taxi or on public transport; wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre); and washing their hands thoroughly before leaving for their appointment. Our approach has been agreed with expert clinical oversight.

How will people be kept safe on site?

We have detailed clinical operating procedures, developed in collaboration with clinical experts, for local walk-through testing sites. Layouts at walk-through testing sites have been carefully designed to ensure people can move around them safely and prevent spread of the virus; social distancing will be maintained throughout the testing process; and people attending the sites are asked to wear a face covering.

Is it safe for symptomatic people to be walking around outside/doesn’t this contradict government guidance?

Before trialling the sites, we consulted with clinical experts including public health professionals. Our view is that this is a proportionate step given the benefits of increased access to testing, including for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Those attending LTSs are provided with rules about how to do so in a way that minimises the risk to themselves – including the need to avoid contact with others while on route and to wear a face covering.