What is it really like to have a coronavirus test?
So with numbers of people in Bradford with Coronavirus rising and neighbouring Calderdale also seeing a rise, numbers of people being tested are also increasing.
Bradford has introduced two new mobile testing sites today at Whetley Mill car park and also in Richard Dunn main Car park.
So what is it really like to get tested? I was tested on Tuesday this week and found it really quick and easy. I booked my test online, it took less than 5 minutes, and I had an appointment at the University's drive through testing centre within half an hour. They have a massive capacity to test- there were over 5000 testing slots available this week!
If you want to book an appointment it is free and you can do it one of two ways:
either by calling 119 or going online at https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test.
When you book your appointment they give you a QR code and ask you to bring this, hand gel and a mask along with you.
It was surprisingly busy at the testing centre but very well organised. It is quite a stange experience, but safe (they are obviously very strict on infection control) and the staff are helpful and friendly.
I was marshalled through until I was told to reverse park into a bay and given my self testing kit and instructions; it just involves rubbing a swab on your tonsils for ten seconds then doing the same up your nose (not pleasant but its only 10 seconds). The swab goes in a vial of liquid, is sealed in a bag, then in another biohazard bag. Staff check you have followed instructions properly through your closed car window, then you drive on to the next marshal, drop your sample in a bin, and off you go. The worst part of the whole experience for me was reverse parking (I avoid it at all costs usually!)
Results are within 48 hours, but mine came quicker and you will be pleased to hear I'm in the clear!
So if you are showing symptoms of Covid such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell or have been in contact with someone who has it, please don't be afraid to go and be tested. Its easy to organise, quick and pain free!