KEY workers and those aged 65 or over with coronavirus symptoms can get tested in Maidenhead for the next couple of days.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) has announced today that a temporary Covid-19 mobile testing unit has been deployed in Maidenhead and will operate on an appointment-basis only.

It will only be at Magnet Leisure Centre car park in Maidenhead for two days starting from this morning - but the council stresses for residents to only come if they have booked an appointment or else you will not be seen.

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You can apply for the test if you show coronavirus symptoms and if you are or live with a key worker, aged 65 or over, or someone who cannot work from home.

The test is an ‘antigen test’ where it tests if you currently have coronavirus which involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud by trained operators or military personnel.

An ‘antibody’ test which tests if you ever had Covid-19 is not available.

High temperatures and a new, continuous cough are the main symptoms of coronavirus.

The Maidenhead unit is one of 100 Covid-19 mobile testing units that are travelling across the country to prioritised areas in high demand for tests.

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Councillor Stuart Carroll, lead member for social services, tweeted: “Pleased following hard work with RBWM officers and NHS East Berks CCG colleagues we have the following testing facility for local residents BUT ONLY under the terms & conditions specified below.

“Please check & only book if applicable. Priority of testing for those most in need.”

You can apply for a test here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test