Extra Coronavirus testing processing arrives in Oldham
Date published: 26 February 2021
The Coronavirus testing site at the Rock Street car park
Oldham's ability to get its Coronavirus testing results back more quickly has been improved after it was chosen to take part in a national pilot.
Coronavirus testing is a critical step in the fight against COVID-19.
To support this goal, a pilot is currently underway using innovative mobile laboratories at five locations across the UK.
The third one was introduced at the Rock Street car park in Oldham yesterday (Thursday).
At these pilot sites, mobile laboratories (titled Micro Processing Units), are set up offering an additional response to the geographical spread of the virus through provision of extra laboratory processing capability to reduce testing turnaround times for tests taken by people with symptoms of coronavirus.
Up to 2,000 tests a day can be processed using the latest technology and this will allow Oldham, Greater Manchester and the North West to process tests more quickly.
The site is not open to the public as it doesn’t do the actual tests - for details of these in Oldham just click here
Katrina Stephens, Oldham’s Director of Public Health, said: "This is great news for Oldham, along with Greater Manchester, as having this testing site locally means we can get coronavirus tests there more quickly and results back quicker.
“This innovative process uses extremely reliable technology to bring testing with quick turnaround times directly to residents.
“Having COVID-19 testing results available more quickly, vastly improves our ability to respond to potential outbreaks promptly and effectively.”
Alongside Oldham, the micro processing units has been deployed in mobile mode in four other locations in the UK - Aberdeen, Telford, Brent and Newbury.
The pilot will continue for at least a month followed by an evaluation of the effectiveness of units.
Do you have a story for us? Want to tell us about something going on in and around Oldham? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org , calling our Oldham-based newsroom on 0161 633 2121 , tweeting us @oldhamchronicle or messaging us through our Facebook page. All contact will be treated in confidence.
Most Viewed News Stories
- 1Plans for 160 homes to be decided by councillors
- 2‘All I needed was a chance’: The former ‘speed’ addict who used lockdown to turn her life around
- 3Dogs Trust’s longest term resident hopes to find love as lockdown lifts
- 4Man who fled after crashing his car into a wall is jailed
- 5NHS staff at the Royal Oldham Hospital hit with parking fines from private company