A guide to Test and Trace

Test sites needed: do you have premises?

We are looking for potential spaces we could use as Covid-19 testing sites across Southend-on-Sea. We already have 8 testing sites across the Borough which offer convenient testing for much of our population. These are not accessible to everyone, so we are asking anyone who has space available to please support us to expand the community testing programme into other areas of the Borough. This will help us to help protect local people.

Testing sites are all safe and managed in line with clinical procedures.

1 in 3 people who have Coronavirus don’t have any symptoms and could be unknowingly transmitting the virus to others. We are encouraging anyone who is going out regularly, to work, school, or the supermarket for example to get tested weekly at one of the rapid testing sites. Regular testing is the best way to protect our loved ones and those around us.

If you might be able to offer a space to dedicate to testing, please read the below criteria for indoor and outdoor testing sites. We thank you in advance for any support you can provide. Please send any questions or offers to providecommunityaction@southend.gov.uk

 

Outdoor site:

  • Size – minimum area 30m x 30m or equivalent. Exclusive use of this area would be needed.
  • Layout – ideally rectangular / square shape (width no less than 25m wide). Required area to be adjusted if obstacles / kerbs are present on the area.
  • Pedestrian Access - 2 points of exclusive pedestrian access so pedestrians can enter and exit the site onto a pavement (or other safe area) or the ability to create two access points with minor work
  • Vehicle access – access for construction vehicles (HGVs, HIABS) for installation and regular service vehicles throughout the day.
  • Surface – hardstanding (e.g. tarmac carpark)
  • Gradient – flat site without known flood risk
  • Availability – minimum licence period is 3 months
  • Financial support – Budgets available are very limited.  The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) will cover utilities and running costs so it could present significant cost savings for businesses offering their premises. Other costs associated may be considered with prior approval

 

Indoor site:

  • Size – testing area of minimum 8m x 10m or equivalent, with clear span (e.g. sports hall etc)
  • Layout - Large, clear room with generous headroom to accommodate freestanding partitions – 2.5m height needed
  • Accessible for those with disabilities and wheelchairs (or the ability to make suitable alterations). Ability to have a one way flow of pedestrians through the building
  • Flooring – hard, non-porous floor and can withstand a chlorine cleaning agent.
  • Other uses in the building – it must be possible to separate the testing centre from others using the building to avoid infection spread
  • Toilets – at least one toilet on site is preferrable, running water on site preferrable
  • Statutory Compliance - Able to provide standard operational / testing compliance certificates for the building eg. asbestos, legionella, gas certificates etc.
  • Availability – minimum licence period is 3 months 
  • Financial support – Budgets available are very limited.  The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) will cover utilities and running costs so could present significant cost savings for businesses offering their premises. Other costs associated may be considered with prior approval
  • Mains power or option of a temporary generator power supply
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