Asymptomatic Lateral Test Site on Slough Trading Estate
A new lateral flow test site has been made available since Wednesday 3rd February at 951 Yeovil Road, SL1 4NH and is open for testing from 10am to 5.30pm (last slots at 5.20), Monday to Friday. You can just walk in or book a slot in advance, but you need a mobile phone with you.
It’s available to all businesses and users of the Slough Trading Estate – operators, contractors, vendors, customers and construction staff. Please encourage your staff and contractors to take regular lateral flow tests. Twice a week is the interval recommended by government for effective screening.
You can book using this link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/[email protected]/bookings/ or just turn up to the test site at 951 Yeovil Road SL1 4NH
Slough Borough Council has also produced a useful poster template for businesses to adapt for use in the workplace to encourage uptake. You can find that here.
This has been set up by Slough Borough Council with SEGRO’s help. This should be in place until 20th February to provide a short term bridge while we wait for the national test programme for businesses to do their own testing to roll out. This may be extended further depending on demand, especially from businesses with fewer than 50 employees who do not qualify for the national business testing offer. As well as a stop-gap it will be a useful model for operators who want to run their own asymptomatic testing operations or set up testing in other data centre clusters.
What is Asymptomatic Lateral Flow Testing and why is it useful?
The purpose of lateral flow testing is to screen communities because around 1/3 of infected people are asymptomatic and government estimates that at least 50% of COVID-19 infection is spread this way. At present it is not envisaged that people will have to take a test and show negative result before they arrive on site, but will be encouraged to undertake regular (twice a week) tests and may be asked to show that recent test results are negative. The tests are much faster, but slightly less accurate than PCR testing. Negative test results do NOT reduce the need for PPE or other infection controls, whether the test was PCR or lateral flow. This useful video explains lateral flow testing, why it is appropriate for large scale screening and what the caveats are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ_8b_Ydsv0 Lateral flow testing is for asymptomatic people who cannot work from home. Those with any symptoms should book PCR tests.
For businesses not in range of STE the government is providing options for lateral flow testing. See our insight here or the DHSC announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-boost-to-rapid-workplace-testing and you can start the process here: https://www.gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests
Any questions, please get in touch.
Emma Fryer is Associate Director at techUK, the trade association for the UK technology industry.
Emma has worked in and around the technology industry for the last 15 years in a range of non-technical roles that include research and report writing, policy work (from political liaison to detailed negotiations) and project management.
Her first degree was in English at the University of Durham, followed some years later by a second degree in Environmental Science at the University of London. She is now completing an MSc in Environmental Decision Making with the Open University.
She spent five years representing the technology sector in policy matters relating to climate change. Her focus was split between encouraging government to make their policy tools fit for purpose and explaining how the intelligent use of ICT can reduce net carbon emissions.
More recently she has focused on Data Centres. She manages the UK Council of Data Centre Operators and techUK’s Data Centres Technical Committee and, with their support, has achieved some major outcomes for the sector, the most significant of which was negotiating and implementing the Climate Change Agreement for Data Centres. This, after a four-year marathon of evidence gathering and policy dialogue, was confirmed in December 2013 and came into force on 1st July 2014. It is worth around £200M to the sector. In recognition of her work she won the DataCenterDynamics Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” in 2013. TechUK also won the “Effective Voice” category of the Association Network Awards in 2014 in recognition of way the CCA campaign had been managed.
She has also produced a significant body of work including formal and informal policy responses, white papers, overviews, briefings, high level thought leadership papers and illustrated infographics explaining complex technologies in laymans' terms - plus everything in between.
Emma is a judge for both the leading industry awards providers: BroadGroup and DataCenterDynamics. She is a regular speaker at industry events.