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R.E.A.L. Covid-19 Testing Site

R.E.A.L. has opened its first asymptomatic testing centre at our Pleasley site. 

The testing centre has been set up so that staff and students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get regularly tested. This means they can self-isolate if they receive a positive result, or quickly receive reassurance if not.

Kay Carter, Head of Safeguarding and Standards said: “It has been a monumental task to get the testing centre up and running and we are ever grateful to our staff and volunteers who have worked hard to get the site operational.

“Our Pleasley site was identified as a suitable location due to having the requirements outlined by Public Health England. It is also large enough to accommodate everything needed to run a successful testing site.” 

The centre is using lateral flow tests, which do not need to be sent away for laboratory processing. The tests are self-administered and processed by personnel trained in lateral flow testing. This means that results can be rapidly turned around.

The centre is open daily from Monday to Wednesday offering free testing to staff, students and the wider school community, for people without symptoms only. Anyone with symptoms should book an NHS test. The testing centre is not open to members of the public.

Kay said: “Testing is voluntary and we have been pleased  by the uptake from both staff and students, keen to do their part to fight Covid-19 and control the spread.

“Since the opening of the testing site, we have received lots of thank you emails. R.E.A.L. staff have commented on the efficiency and professionalism of the staff running the testing centre and the reassurance they have given to some of our anxious learners.

“We are now working towards getting a second testing site up and running in the south of Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire as soon as possible.

“We hope that it offers additional reassurance to our staff and students that we are doing everything we can to keep them, their families and our communities safe.”

Special thanks go to the staff and volunteers supporting the process, in particular our testing superstars Ashley Grayson, Dan Jones, Jenny Purcell and Harry Webber. 

If your child or student wishes to take part, they should contact Harry Webber, or 07584 705827 for further details and procedures relating to consent to participate.


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