Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Steve Pitt provides an update about the Covid19 testing centre being set up to the west of the M275.
Portsmouth City Council has given over land at Tipner near Junction 1 of the M275 to allow the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Drive-in Testing Centre to be based here.
We are advised that it will test 400 people per day and all decisions about who is tested and when will be directed by the Ministry of Health. Portsmouth City Council are not directly involved in the site's operation.
We are informed that the site is not open to the general public and no one should just turn up there. Appointments will be arranged as directed by the government's designated managers for this process.
This facility is to cover the whole of the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, over 1.5 million people.
It does seem that the daily target of just 400 tests is a very low number. In Germany, they have carried out a far higher level of testing. It remains to be seen whether the target the government has set itself of 100,000 tests per day by the end of the month will actually be met. We firmly believe that it has to be if we are to better manage the crisis and how the city and the country emerges from it and will be watching things very closely.
Do keep safe and keep well. If you know anyone who needs help when they are self-isolating, please do get in touch so that we can ensure they get the help they need.
Our partnership with The Hive is helping to ensure that no one in Portsmouth needs to go without support if they need it and we are extremely proud of how council, voluntary sector, business, police and healthcare are working together to protect our city. We really do have a Team Portsmouth approach to getting our city through this difficult time.
Cllr Steve Pitt
Deputy Leader, Portsmouth City Council