Coronavirus Testing in Torbay


Many thanks to Kevin Foster for permitting us to use part of his mid-week Residents’ Update.

This is an abridged version and the full version can be found on his website.

Keyworker Testing Facility

I am advised there are booking slots available for this week.

The situation in terms of testing here in the bay may contrast with the impression being created by the national media, for example test slots were available “on the day” on Sunday whilst national headlines were indicating testing had been fully booked the day before.

The keyworker testing facility in Torquay will be on site tomorrow (Wednesday 29th April) Thursday and Friday of this week. The more demand from key workers there is for it, the more likely it will continue. Hence this email to highlight the chance to get tested in our community. This site is being run by personnel from 42 Commando based at Bickleigh Barracks.

If you are a keyworker, and you or anyone in your household is displaying COVID symptoms (check at NHS COVID-19 symptom checker), you can now book a test at the site via the government portal. The definition of key worker being used does not just cover Torbay Council and Emergency Services Staff, but a range of services such as childcare, food distribution, transport workers and a number of other essential jobs.

The facility is based at the coach station car park in Lymington Road, Torquay, TQ1 4BD, and you will have to provide photo ID.  

In order for testing to take place the coach station car park is closed to cars and pedestrians and the council is asking people for their understanding while the temporary facility is in place.

That is all for now and my regular update will be sent as normal on Friday.

Best Wishes,


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