Young people undergo testing at Slough’s Covid-19 centre

 

Abdul Khawaja and Aida Ahmed from Slough

Slough’s young show how easy it is to get tested for Covid-19 and urge people ‘to be part of the solution’ 

“It’s quick and easy, painless and helps protect the vulnerable”, that’s how young people have described getting a coronavirus test at Slough’s Covid-19 testing centre.

Some members of the town’s youth charity Aik Saath have been tested at the hybrid testing centre in Montem Lane Car Park, as part of the #OneSlough project.

They’re urging people who have symptoms or are concerned they may be infected but don’t have symptoms, to get tested at the earliest possible opportunity “to help themselves, friends, family and the wider community”.

The centre is both a drive-in and walk-in facility, meaning people can come by car with up to four people, or by foot so long as they have a facial covering.  

Aida Ahmed, 17, from Slough, is asthmatic and walked-in for her test. The former Slough & Eton College student said: “My mum is a key worker at a nursing home so she had to be tested quite a lot. She came back negative and because of my asthma I decided to get tested too. It’s important because it gives you the reassurance of knowing either way while protecting family members who may be vulnerable themselves.”

Abdul Khawaja, 24, from Slough, drove into the facility and said the whole testing process “took no longer than 15 minutes. If you’ve got symptoms and don’t want to get tested, you’re being part of the problem rather than the solution. Everything is so readily available there. I was told to drive into a bay and they dropped a package into my passenger side window. I was happy to swab myself, but if you can’t someone will come and assist you.”

Abdul, a graduate pharmacist, described the test as “a little uncomfortable but painless”, adding: “You can get your results within 24 to 48 hours. They make it idiot proof and anyone can do it.”  

Seema Kamboj, project manager at community group Apna Virsa, which is delivering #OneSlough at ground level with Slough CVS, said: “The Aik Saath youngsters are great role models for the community. It’s important we’re all aware of the test and trace process, and engage in it where necessary, to help reduce any further spread of Covid-19.” 

To watch a video of the youngsters’ experience visit https://youtu.be/qHvjrHm10Zs

What to do if you test positive for Covid-19

If you test positive for Covid-19 you must isolate at home for seven days, while others in your household must isolate for 14 days. However, if your result is negative you and your household don’t need to isolate or can stop self-isolating if you’ve already begun doing so.

If you test positive you’ll also be contacted by NHS Test and Trace via text, email or phone with instructions of how to share the details of people with whom you’ve had close contact, and the places you’ve visited. This is vital to help keep others safe and reduce the risk of a spread.

Currently there is capacity to see people immediately without booking at the Slough testing centre. If you still wish to book you can do so by calling 119 or visiting  https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test