New mobile Covid-19 testing service in Salisbury

New mobile Covid-19 testing service in Salisbury

Published by Mike Draper at 5:49am 31st July 2020.

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The Testing Centre based at the Beehive Park and Ride site will now be taking testing supplies to and from different locations around the city.

Mitie Group PLC have announced that they will be operating nineteen Coronavirus Mobile Testing Units across England and Wales.


The Mobile Testing Units (MTUs)  form part of the government’s National Testing Programme.

These Units are being run from nine of the twelve Regional Testing Centres that Mitie currently operates at Salisbury (Beehive Park and Ride), Bournemouth, Gloucester, Newbury, Ashford, Deeside, Ebbw Vale, Llandudno, and Penrith.

  • 40 people will work across the Coronavirus MTUs in Salisbury
  • There are two MTUs in operation in Salisbury with ten people working on each MTU per shift

Almost half of the colleagues supporting the work at the MTUs were part of the Mitie team supporting the Regional Testing Centres, while the other half were recruited from the local community.

  • 400 staff will work across the 19 Mobile Testing Units supporting local communities in identifying and controlling Coronavirus infections to prevent further spread
  • Mitie already has over 1,400 employees working across the 12 Regional Testing Centres and 19 MTUs
  • Mitie takes over the Mobile Testing Units from the end of July following a one-month handover period with the British Army
  • The Armed forces personnel are being redeployed to other activities
Covid-19 Testing Centre Beehive Park and Ride Salisbury
Covid-19: A 'Mobile Testing Unit' is being added to the Testing Centre based at Beehive Park and Ride


Mitie says it's continuing its support for Britain's fight against Coronavirus.

Services include driving the Mobile Units (MTU) used for carrying the testing supplies to and from the testing locations, installing the site's equipment and cleaning and security services.

Mitie will manage a range of services to support the MTUs, such as driving the Units to the testing location and back to the Regional Testing Centre at the end of the day, installing the equipment - gazebos, safety signage and traffic management tools - at the designated testing location and providing cleaning and security services, including traffic management and lane support for people arriving at the MTU by car and on foot.

Simon Venn, Chief Government & Strategy Officer, Mitie, said:

"We remain committed to supporting the UK in the fight against COVID-19. In taking on the management of these Mobile Testing Units, in addition to our existing Testing Centre Sites, we're proud to be helping local communities identify and respond to potential Coronavirus outbreaks to prevent further spread. These initiatives are testament to the amazing achievements that are possible thanks to effective public and private sector collaboration."

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