NHS Test and Trace in North Thanet
8th July 2020
The Government is opening a Regional Test Site (RTS) in North Thanet at Manston Airport. Testing will start on Tuesday 7 July (today), with more appointments available each day. Testing is available for everyone, including vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
The site is a drive-through site and will offer both assisted and self-administered tests. We hope this site will make it easier for many people in Ramsgate, and the surrounding areas, to access testing.
This site is part of a network of RTSs across the UK and is in addition to home tests which can be booked through the government’s online portal. Mobile testing units are also travelling the UK, responding to increased regional demand for testing, and supporting hard to reach areas and we are opening new ‘walk through’ Local Test Sites in England which are easily accessible by foot or on a bike.
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test immediately at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
In England, anyone testing positive will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, to help them trace their recent contacts and further control the spread of the virus.