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Unpaid carers have been added to the key worker list making them eligible for COVID-19 testing

The government have updated the list of keyworkers to include unpaid carers making them eligible for coronavirus testing. The list of essential workers was updated on 4th May to include unpaid carers for the first time.

The department of health and social care have put together the video below which outlines how to access regional testing sites.

You can find more information about how coronavirus testing is being managed in Surrey by following the link below:

Testing in Surrey

Access to the local testing centres in Chessington, Gatwick and Twickenham has been available to key workers for the past couple of weeks and a new local testing centre site is opening in Guildford this week. To date, approximately 1500 key workers have been through this process.

Clare Stone, Director of Quality at Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership and the Strategic Lead for Covid-19 Testing in Surrey, said:

I want to reassure people living and working in Surrey that we are working around the clock to ensure that testing will be available for everyone who is eligible. We have already increased our testing capacity, and we are developing solid plans to make sure we can continue to meet demand.

Clare Stone – Director of Quality at Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership