Additional COVID-19 testing in Kingsbook
Buckinghamshire Council is working with Public Health England to monitor COVID-19 across the County. Following this surveillance activity, a small number of cases of the variant first identified in India, have been found in the Kingsbrook area of Aylesbury. The people involved have self-isolated and followed all of the recommended guidance.
We are asking all Kingsbrook residents, businesses and visitors in the HP22 7AA to HP22 7BP postcode areas (Oakfield VIllage area) to undertake PCR testing so that we can help avoid the spread of this variant and understand whether it is spreading in our community. Testing will, in combination with measures such as hands-face-space-fresh air and current lockdown guidelines, help to suppress and control the spread of the virus, while enabling a better understanding of the new variant.
These PCR tests should be done even if people are not showing any symptoms, they have previously had COVID-19, or they have had a COVID-19 vaccination.
There are a number of Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) where people in the area can get the COVID-19 PCR test; they do not need an appointment – they can just turn up at:
· Lidl Supermarket Car Park, 61 Oakfield Road, Aylesbury HP22 1GD: Thursday 13 May/Friday 14 May/Saturday 15 May from 9am to 5pm
· Aktiva Nursery and Pre-School Car Park, Siding Road, Broughton, Bierton, Aylesbury HP22 7AY: Thursday 13 May/Friday 14 May/Saturday 15 May from 8.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 6.30pm
· The Dog House Public House Car Park, Broughton Lane, Broughton, Bierton, Aylesbury HP22 5AL: Thursday 13 May/Friday 14 May from 8.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 6.30pm
Unit 3, Vale Retail Park, 658 Vale Park Drive, Aylesbury HP20 1DH: Thursday 13 May/ Friday 14 May/Saturday 15 May from 8am to 6.30pm - you can attend this site to collect a test or drop off a completed one.
We will also have a group of official volunteers knocking on doors in the Kingsbrook area on Saturday 15 May between 9.15am and 4.30pm to deliver tests to people who have not been able to attend a MTU. Please note they will have official identification and do not need to enter your home, ask for money, or ask for any personal details.
Jane O’Grady Director of Public Health for Buckinghamshire said: “The UK has one of the best genome surveillance systems in the world which has allowed us to detect the variant first identified in India, here in the Kingsbrook, Aylesbury area. I urge everyone to come forward for a test to help us to monitor the virus in our communities and to help suppress and control the spread of this variant.
The most important thing is that people continue to follow the guidance that is in place – wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, keep your distance, cover your face. Please remember meeting outdoors is safer than indoors ; if you are meeting indoors make sure spaces are well ventilated. If you test positive, you must isolate to stop the spread of the virus.”
Full list of postcodes being tested:
If someone is unable to attend any of the test centres, can they order a PCR test online?
Yes, they can, by visiting www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/surge-testing/ and completing the form. Buckinghamshire Council will then send a test out to their home address.
If people live in the area – can they still go to work, send their children to school, go about their usual business - while the testing is taking place?
Yes, they can, but they must ensure they are following the current COVID guidelines.
What should people do if they have symptoms of COVID-19?
If they do have symptoms, they must not attend any of the Mobile Testing Units. If they want to take a test they will need to visit the Government website and order one to be delivered to their home: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
Should people be tested if they have had a COVID-19 vaccination or have had COVID-19?
Even if they have been vaccinated or previously had COVID, they should get PCR tested. We know that no vaccine is 100% effective and that even after infection by the virus, some people get re-infected. This is particularly important as we need to find out whether any of the new variants are better at escaping the immunity given by vaccines or previous infections.
What do we do with the test results?
Anyone who has a positive test will be notified in two or three days by text, email or phone call (whichever details you gave when you took the test). All positive tests will be sequenced to identify any further spread of the new variant first discovered in India. This will enable a better understanding and identify if there are any more cases of this variant in the area.
If someone tests positive, will they need to self-isolate and for how long?
Yes, they will need to self-isolate for a period of 10 days from the date of their positive test.
Do children need to be tested?
Yes, we are asking that all children who are 11 years or older are also tested. Children under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
If someone already does ‘rapid testing’, ‘workplace testing’, ‘lateral flow testing’, ‘school based testing’ do they need to get tested?
Yes, this is a PCR test which if it is positive is then genetically sequenced to see if the Variant is present. The tests used for ‘rapid testing’, ‘workplace testing’ ‘lateral flow testing’ and ‘school based testing’ are different and cannot be genetically sequenced to see what variant is present.