Wiltshire’s local director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn gave information on a locally run test and trace programme during the Council’s Covid update last week.
A member of the public submitted a question regarding a local test and trace systems and the following answer was given.
Kate Blackburn responded:
“It’s important to remember that NHS Test and Trace is the national system. However, we are developing our local testing partnership in Wiltshire. Which is being set up so we can follow up national test and trace have been unable to reach. The team will try and contact people through text and phone calls. Completing the Test and Trace data capture process locally.
The local service will also be able to provide information on self-isolating and the steps to take following being informed that you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus.
The service will pull national and local information into one place Kate Blackburn, director of public health for Wiltshire added: “We’re very, very keen to make sure that we’re taking a local approach to this so that we’re supporting our residents appropriately.”
The data gathered locally will also be fed back into the national system.
Test results are coming back on average in 24 to 72 hours, but work is being down to speed this up.
We were also reminded that testing centres are nationally run, Salisbury has one of the two test centres in Salisbury and it is located at the Bee Hive Park and ride on the road to Amesbury.
You can watch the whole briefing here via Wiltshire Council’s YouTube channel: