More than 10,500 rapid tests have been taken in Hounslow since the beginning of January and even more families are now set to benefit, as we all follow the road map out of lock-down.
Published: Friday, 26th February 2021
Rapid tests are free and quick and available for those who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Since the start of the year, we have been making improvements to the service in the borough. For example, we extended the opening hours at Heston Library on week-days to support shift workers. We also introduced Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) in locations such as Brentford, Feltham and Chiswick to take rapid tests to residents.
Hounslow’s Mobile Testing Units are now making regular stops at supermarkets to help residents get a rapid test, whilst doing their essential shopping. A Mobile Testing Unit visits the Tesco Superstore car park on the High Street in Feltham (postcode TW13 4EX) every Monday and the Sainsbury’s car park in Chiswick every Friday (from 8am – 4pm). An MTU also visits Danehurst activity centre, Brentford on Mondays (from 9am-5pm). Mid-week, the Mobile Testing Units will continue to visit businesses across the borough (by appointment) to help test employees without COVID-19 symptoms - key workers, carers, tradespeople, essential retail workers- who cannot work from home and who need access to quick, free and regular testing.
As well as the Mobile Testing Units, anyone who doesn’t have Covid-19 symptoms, can now simply drop-in to a testing site at whatever time suits them, or book an appointment online.
Testing sites are available at:
- Heston Library – New Heston Road, Hounslow TW5 0LW – Open 6.30am-7.30pm Mon-Fri, or 8.00am-4.00pm Sat/Sun
- Hounslow House – 7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EB – Open 8am and 4pm, Mon-Sun
- Isleworth Library – Twickenham Road, Isleworth TW7 7EU – Open 8am and 4pm, Mon-Sun
- Staines Rugby Club, Snakey Lane, Feltham TW13 7NB – Open 8am and 4pm, Mon-Sun
Kelly O’Neill, Hounslow’s Director of Public Health, said: “We all need to do everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus and to save lives; this is why we’re continuing to improve our free rapid test service to help even more people get tested. With the road map to coming out of lock-down now in place, I encourage you to get tested, continue to follow the rules and get vaccinated when the NHS contacts you.”
Rapid tests take 15 minutes and provide a result within 40 minutes.