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28 February 2020

NHS rolls out services on NHS sites to test people for COVID-19, including ‘drive-through’ testing

Introduced by

NHS England and Improvement

Targeted at

Not applicable


Announced on 28 February 2020

Stated aims

To expand testing and surveillance capacity


This new service, provided by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, is only accessed through a referral from NHS 111. After being referred through NHS 111, people are invited to an appointment in their car, during which two community nurses carry out a swab in the nose and mouth, which are checked and assessed within 72 hours. People are asked to self-isolate while checks are completed to prevent any potential onward transmission of the virus.


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