Salisbury Covid-19 testing centre open and busy

Salisbury Covid-19 testing centre open and busy

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:55pm 29th April 2020. (Updated at 3:18pm 29th April 2020)

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Traffic has been building around the Beehive Park & Ride site, with Tidworth soldiers manning the facility.

We're being reminded that we should ONLY visit the testing centre if we already have an appointment to be seen there.

The centre is being used as a drive-thru facility to carry out tests for key workers concerned about Covid-19 symptoms.


The tests are available to be booked if you fall into certain categories: 

  • You've had a clinic referral after calling NHS 111
  • You're over 65 and have symptoms
  • You have to travel to work and have symptoms
  • You work in the following sectors:
  • Health care
  • Social care
  • Medical supply and distribution
  • Education and childcare
  • Prison and judiciary system
  • Funeral industry
  • Local and national government
  • Food production and distribution
  • Defence
  • Police
  • Fire Service
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communications, broadcast and financial services
  • Volunteers working on Covid-19 support projects
Covid-19 Testing Centre Beehive Park and Ride Salisbury April 2020
The centre's being manned by soldiers from Tidworth

There are 16 testing centres being run by the military at the moment, with Salisbury's being manned by troops from the Tidworth based 1st battalion Royal Welsh.

The Government's planning to have 96 facilities set up by the end of May.


There have been reports of many vehicles queueing to get into the testing centre, and we're urged to avoid the area if we don't have an appointment to visit. 

The facility is NOT available for drop-ins, by people wanting to get a Covid-19 test without prior arrangement.

Beehive Park and Ride Testing Centre Salisbury Traffic April 2020
The red line here is the queueing traffic along The Portway, leading to the Beehive

Wiltshire Council has allowed the use of the Beehive Park & Ride site for the facility, while the bus services are closed due to the pandemic.

The local authority's given a statement to Spire FM News: 

“Wiltshire Council, working in partnership with NHS England; NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group; and the MOD, has mobilised a COVID-19 testing centre at the Beehive park and ride site in Salisbury.

“The site is operated for part of the week by the Department of Health and Social Care and is being used to test frontline workers – it is not open to the public.

“It is one of a network of testing sites for NHS and key workers, including care home staff, domiciliary care workers and more, who are displaying COVID-19 symptoms. People who are eligible to be tested will be able to make the appropriate arrangements with their employer.”

Beehive Park and Ride closed due to Coronavirus restrictions - April 2020 (Faye Tryhorn) (1)
The Beehive park and park site is currently closed to traffic due to the Covid-19 restrictions
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