As part of the national response to tackling coronavirus the NHS will be setting up its Mobile Testing Units on a portion of Penns Place car park and Ladyplace car park in Alton. The units will not be there permanently but will be set up to run over a few consecutive days at a time. The dates for both sites can be seen below.
The Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) is a drive-through testing site for people displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Appointments are booked through a dedicated website. It is not a drop-in service.
Specially trained Armed Forces personnel will collect swabs at the sites, before they are sent to labs for processing. Swabs are taken by the patients themselves, while they remain in their car, and returned safely and securely to the testers. Those being tested do not leave their cars and the testers have little or no contact with them.