New local Covid-19 testing site in Haringey

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is open for those with symptoms to book appointments at Alexandra Palace Paddock Car Park.

This site is in addition to the Tottenham testing facility based at the Haringey Irish Cultural and Community Centre.

The two Haringey sites are part of the government’s UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.

Testing is available only for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

From the start of the pandemic, testing has been prioritised for the most vulnerable, including patients in clinical settings and care home residents, vital health and care staff and to manage outbreaks. 

The new site is situated so as to be easily accessible without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre. 

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

Appointments are made available each day. Anyone taking a test at a test site can expect their results the next day. 

The sites are part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history, which now includes more than 500 sites available across the UK, including 78 drive-through sites, 205 walk-through sites, 258 mobile units, home testing and satellite kits and five mega laboratories.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them identify who they may have been in close contact with.

Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, asking them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book a test if they develop symptoms. 

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We continue to expand testing to make sure that everyone with symptoms can get a test, with our new walk-in sites making it even easier no matter where you live. 

“This new site forms part of our national testing network, which has the capacity to test more than a million people a week and is growing all the time. 

“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others around you and stop the spread of the virus.”

Haringey walk-through coronavirus testing facilities:

Alexandra Palace Paddock Car Park, Hornsey Gate, Alexandra Palace Way, N8 7HP.

The Haringey Irish Cultural and Community Centre, Pretoria Road, N17 8DX. No parking available on site, so you must either arrive by foot or bike.

Everyone with symptoms can book or order a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus. Those unable to access the internet can call 119.

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