Res­i­dents urged to get tested

Coun­cil­lor keen to get mes­sage across to BAME groups ‘be­cause they are more vul­ner­a­ble’

Windsor & Eton Express - - News - By Grace Wither­den gracew@baylis­me­ @GraceW_BM

A coun­cil­lor has urged Slough work­ers to get a coronaviru­s test – even if they do not have symp­toms.

Cllr Natasa Pan­telic (Lab, Cip­pen­ham Mead­ows), cabi­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing, said there is still ca­pac­ity at Slough’s drive and walk-in test cen­tre in Mon­tem Lane and got one her­self ear­lier this week to show res­i­dents how easy it is.

She said: “We want to get the mes­sage across to peo­ple to go and get a test. I had no symp­toms but I wanted to see for my­self what the pro­cess was like.

“I’m pick­ing up on anx­i­ety from our BAME (Black, Asian and mi­nor­ity eth­nic) pop­u­la­tion around go­ing to get a test but it is re­ally im­por­tant to en­cour­age res­i­dents from these back­grounds to get a test be­cause they are more vul­ner­a­ble.”

Cllr Pan­telic said she booked an ap­point­ment on the same day and the whole pro­cess took around 20 min­utes. Peo­ple who use the cen­tre do not have to book an ap­point­ment in ad­vance.

Upon ar­rival she was given a code which links to a mem­ber of staff stand­ing in front of your car who talks through the pro­cess of swab­bing your nos­trils and throat.

Re­sults will be re­turned within 24 to 48 hours. Cllr Pan­telic added: “It’s re­ally sim­ple and easy, I tested neg­a­tive so that was good.”

She also said she was feel­ing more pos­i­tive about the coun­cil’s re­sponse to any po­ten­tial outbreak af­ter it re­ceived data which in­cludes the post­codes of peo­ple tested.

Be­fore this week she said the coun­cil was re­ceiv­ing pil­lar 1 and pil­lar 2 data but it did not in­clude post­code data.

She said: “For us in Slough, I want to be con­fi­dent that we know where those pos­i­tive cases are as quickly as we can.

“We want to make sure the data we have is ac­cu­rate and sup­ports us in a sce­nario where we may have to have a lo­cal lock­down so we know where the outbreak is.”

Visit Slough Bor­ough Coun­cil’s web­site to find out more about the test cen­tre and the Gover­ment web­site to book a coronaviru­s test ap­point­ment.

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