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Coronavirus testing in Harpenden

The local NHS is putting in place a range of measures to manage the impact of coronavirus and protect local people as far as possible. As part of this, the NHS in west Hertfordshire is establishing a new temporary drive through service on the Harpenden Memorial Hospital site for testing people who may have the virus.

People will only drive to the testing facility if they have been given an appointment, following a telephone assessment by NHS 111. Only those who meet the nationally agreed criteria for a suspected case will be asked to attend and given an appointment for their test. 

Please note that this is not a drop in service – patients will need to be referred in order to be tested.

Those referred to the centre for swabbing will arrive in their own car, and will not enter the building. They will be swabbed outside by specially trained nurses, under a purpose built awning.

So far only a very small percentage of patients tested for coronavirus in the UK have tested positive.

This service is being provided by nursing staff from Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, who run adult community services in west Hertfordshire, supported by Hertfordshire Urgent Care.

We are doing this to minimise the impact of testing on local hospitals, which is where cases have been tested in recent weeks.

How to check if you need medical help:

If you wish to check if you need medical help, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see the coronavirus advice for travellers
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

The 111 online coronavirus service: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The latest information on coronavirus can be found on the gov.uk website and the nhs.uk website.

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