College's Osprey House car park opens as Covid-19 test centre - The Redditch Standard

College's Osprey House car park opens as Covid-19 test centre

Redditch Editorial 5th May, 2020   0

HEART of Worcestershire College (HoW College) is temporarily offering its Bromsgrove and Redditch car parks as centres for coronavirus testing, in an effort to boost the national testing capacity.

The drive-through test centres offer self-administered tests for NHS employees and their families.

Those tested will receive their results within a few days.

HoW College opened its Bromsgrove car park from Friday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 5.

The college’s car park at Osprey House in Redditch, off Prospect Hill, will operate from Tuesday, May 5 to Friday, May 8.

DHSC are the lead for Mobile Testing Units, this one is staffed by members of 222 Signal Squadron who are under Command of 16 Signal Regiment (CSF22) from Stafford, where Sergeant Wideman manages his team of 12 soldiers.

As well as offering the car parks as a testing centre, the college is also providing much-deserved bacon and sausage sandwiches to those workers.

Speaking on behalf of HoW College, deputy chief executive Nicki Williams, said: “As a college we are very proud to be able to offer our car parks as testing centres in a bid to support the NHS in these unprecedented times.

The college and its staff are always keen to stand behind key workers and the local community wherever possible during the current fight against the coronavirus.”

The Abbey Stadium in Redditch last week became the county’s second Covid-19 testing station after Sixways in Worcester, the home of Worcester Warriors Rugby Club.

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