Testing station leaving after only three days

By Carole Dennett Apr 25, 2020
Mobile testing station in use on the mainland

The Covid-19 mobile testing station that was due to be on the Island for four days to test key workers for the virus is now to leave after only three days it has been announced. There were already concerns expressed on social media that being available for only four days would not meet the needs of the Island.

The Isle of Wight Council say that the facility will now leave the Island on Monday April 27 instead of Tuesday April 28.  It is currently testing people outside 1 Leisure at Medina College in Newport.

The facility opened to carry out tests this morning today, but there were concerns that people eligible for testing were unable to get appointments because the Government website closed down once the daily limit was reached.

It has now been announced that a drop-in service will be available for those who do not have appointments, which can be used by people in cars or on foot.  However all potential users are strongly advised to contact 0333 3218865 in advance of setting off to find out whether they are eligible for testing and to obtain an appointment to reduce the chance of having to wait.

The reason for the change in the previously announced arrangements has not been made clear.