The RAF Force Protection Force Commander has visited teams working at Midway Community Centre, Swadlincote, South Derbyshire.
Approximately 130 personnel drawn from across the Royal Air Force under the auspices of Joint Military Command (East) are conducting the testing as part of Government efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RAF unit began testing initially at one centre in Grove Street, established before Christmas on 21st December. Two further testing centres in Swadlincote were operational from 29th December providing the opportunity for the whole community to have a COVID-19 test without an appointment.
Air Commodore Scott Miller took a Lateral Flow test and was then able to don PPE and witness the results process firsthand.
The Lateral Flow Test involves a simple oral and nasal swab test and results are given within thirty minutes. Testing is available for anyone in the Swadlincote area over the age of 11 not displaying COVID-19 symptoms at three sites in the town.
Air Commodore Scott Miller had the opportunity to speak with members of South Derbyshire Council and speak with the troops about the excellent work being carried out and said:
It was great to visit the COVID testing team and see their exceptionally professional work to support the local population. They have been very well received by the people of Swadlincote, and the determination of the testing teams to make a positive difference was crystal clear