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Operation RESCRIPT ~ UK Mobile Testing Units

26 April 2020: A patient drops the completed self test kit into the collection box at Scarborough Park & Ride. Soldiers from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment have been providing a mobile COVID 19 testing facility at Scarborough Park & Ride as part of a Military Assistance to Civilian Authority request. The vehicle-based testing facility will allow many care home staff and key-workers in the area to be tested if they are in self-isolation and need to return to their workplace. The vehicles are being used in many locations across the country allowing tests to be taken where the requirement is greatest [Crown Copyright: Cpl Rebecca Brown]
Over the weekend military personnel have been providing assistance to Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) at various locations across the United Kingdom.

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This morning the UK MoD released a News Package of imagery with extended captions, captured between Friday and Sunday, along with this notice:-

“This week military personnel have been providing assistance to Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) at various locations across the UK. MTUs are able to test individuals and their families who have been identified as key workers and may have shown systems of Coronavirus. Upon arrival to an MTU, individuals are directed to drive through a lane where military personnel provide them with instructions starting from how to conduct the test, to how to dispense a test upon completion.

“Soldiers from 102 Brigade and 16 Signal Regiment have been training in Lincolnshire preparing for mobile testing in the local community, whilst the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment have been providing testing at a mobile facility at Scarborough Park & Ride. The Second Battalion The Royal Anglians set up and manned their first test centre in Hertfordshire whilst The Grenadier Guards were on hand to support a testing facility in Dulwich, London. Royal Marines from 42 Commando have set up an MTU in Salisbury and have testing individuals at the facility, as part of the Military Assistance to Civilian Authority request.

“The Armed Forces continue to provide support during the outbreak and stand ready to offer assistance when needed.”

24 April 2020: Marines from Plymouth based 42 Commando have set up a Mobile Testing Unit in Salisbury to conduct COVID 19 tests as part of the Armed Forces help to support the government’s efforts to increase testing. To keep social distancing protocol they use signs and phones to communicate. The eight Marines have been undertaking tests at MTU facility as part of the Military Assistance to Civilian Authority (MACA) taskings during the COVID situation. The MTU is facilitating the testing of individuals and their families who have been identified as essential workers who have shown symptoms of Coronavirus. On arrival individuals are directed to a drive through lane where they are provided with instructions on how to conduct the test through to how to dispense it in the collection point. The Armed Forces continue to support the NHS and other Government departments with the COVID-19 response [Crown Copyright: Cpl Anil Gurung]
25 April 2020: Personnel from The Second Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment ‘The Poachers’ set up and manned a COVID-19 mobile test centre in Hemel Hempstead to ensure testing is available to key workers and their families. This is the first in a series of sites the Royal Anglians are running with the facility moving to a new location each day in order to meet demand. Key workers who wish to be tested pre book their slot via a Government website and get allocated a time slot. Upon arrival at the site the personnel on the ground take their registration details and issue them with their testing kits. They are then moved to a parking area where they self administer the test before finally moving to a clearing area where the tests are collected. This entire process is conducted with zero contact using mobile phones to the Army personnel who have been trained to ensure its smooth operation. Personnel are available within the self testing area to answer any questions and assist anyone struggling to perform the test [Crown Copyright: SAC Tom Cann]
25 April 2020: A soldier holds out a collection box so the vehicle occupant can drop the test kit in after self testing at the Mobile Testing Unit in Kendal. Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment have been providing a mobile COVID 19 testing facility at Kendal Leisure Centre as part of a Military Assistance to Civilian Authority request. The vehicle-based testing facility will allow many care home staff and keyworkers in the area to be tested if they are in self-isolation and need to return to their workplace. The vehicles are being used in many locations across the country allowing tests to be taken where the requirement is greatest [Crown Copyright: Cpl Rebecca Brown]
26 April 2020: Royal Marines from 42 Commando Royal Marines, Plymouth, have been at Torquay Coach Station, Devon, today to conduct testing for COVID-19. The tests were conducted on key workers at the facility, which is one of many pop-up testing sites around the UK. The UK Armed Forces have been working closely with the NHS and other government agencies to help keep the country safe during this global crisis [Crown Copyright: LPhot Robert Oates]
26 April 2020: Soldiers from The Grenadier Guards have been providing a mobile COVID 19 testing facility at Dulwich as part of a Military Assistance to Civilian Authority request. The vehicle-based testing facility will allow many care home staff and key-workers in the area to be tested if they are in self-isolation and need to return to their workplace. The vehicles are being used in many locations across the country allowing tests to be taken where the requirement is greatest. [Crown Copyright: Sgt Donald Todd]
26 April 2020: This image shows one of the COVID-19 test kits in use as personnel from The Second Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment ‘The Poachers’ set up and manned a COVID-19 mobile test centre in Watford to ensure testing is available to key workers and their families [Crown Copyright: SAC Tom Cann]

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