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Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Gatwick car park becomes drive-through Covid-19 testing centre

A long-stay car park at Gatwick Airport will re-open tody as a drive-through testing centre for Covid-19.

Initially for use by NHS staff and invited key workers, the site will open between 09:00 - 17:00 daily, on an appointment-only basis.

Stewart Wingate, chief executive Gatwick Airport, said: "We are pleased to support the national effort against the spread of the coronavirus by allowing Gatwick facilities to be used as a vital testing centre for frontline health workers.

"We have the space available at Gatwick to be able to host such a large-scale operation. Alongside keeping the airport open to support repatriation flights, amongst others, we are happy to be able to support the NHS, Government and the country in whatever way we can."

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: "The Government is rapidly scaling up the national effort to boost testing capacity for coronavirus to protect the vulnerable, support our NHS, and ultimately save lives.

"This new service will help end the uncertainty of whether NHS and social care staff need to stay at home meaning those who test negative will be able to return to work."

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