Community test site, Diss youth and community centre

Residents of Diss and Roydon have been quick to get tested after a small number of cases of the South African variant of coronavirus were found in Norfolk.

Some 5,000 people were tested on the first day of a 14-day programme, with 4,000 residents collecting their test kits to be used at home and 1,000 using a mobile test unit.

Norfolk county council’s deputy director of public health Diane Steiner said: “The response has been absolutely fantastic. I would like to thank all those people who have participated so far.”

“It was slow but that’s good as everyone was able to take their tests correctly instead of being rushed.”
Daniel atkinson, 21, student.

The test kit consists of a swab that is used on the back of the throat and up one nostril. It is then sealed and sent off to be tested.

Swap test kit

Households of up to four people can book an appointment at the test unit.

The response from residents has been varied.

Claire Atkinson, who attended the test unit at Diss youth and community centre, said: “I work for the NHS so I have been used to doing lateral flow tests and didn’t find the thought of doing a test very daunting.

“I would say, however, that the website was not very user-friendly to book the test and older people or people with additional needs may have found this difficult which may have caused further anxiety or they may have given up.”

Queue for the community test unit

Another resident, James Briddon said, “I picked mine up from Roydon White Hart pub. It was pretty smooth, actually. l was surprised.”

Daniel Atkinson, 21, a student, thought the experience was very organised: “It was slow but that’s good as everyone was able to take their tests correctly instead of being rushed.”

As well as a good experience, Daniel felt safe with “good hygiene – everything was cleaned after use.”

Testing is running until Thursday, March 4, with appointment slots still available to book online or call 119.