Asymptomatic testing at the Metrodome – Ryan O’Loughlin, Director, Henry Boot Construction Limited.

Asymptomatic testing at the Metrodome – Ryan O’Loughlin, Director, Henry Boot Construction Limited.

We are already working in partnership with Barnsley Council on The Glass Works project, so when we heard from them about the asymptomatic testing site being set up, we were keen to get involved.

As with a lot of workplace settings, we had a small amount of positive COVID-19’ cases on site during the past 12 months, so this was our opportunity to gain some more control over any transmission amongst our staff.

We know that around one in three people have COVID-19 without displaying any symptoms, so it’s been a great opportunity to help break any chains of transmission.

It provides an extra layer of confidence, in addition to the multiple measures we’ve put in place on site in line with Government guidance to ensure our people and operations are able to continue safely. 

Testing in this way also shows how the measures we have in place are working. Out of the 200 members of staff tested so far, we have only had one test positive for COVID-19 and they were able to isolate straight away.

As they were displaying no symptoms, they would not otherwise have known, and could have passed on the virus to other colleagues, or members of their family.

Together with our own safety measures, asymptomatic testing not only protects our staff and partners but helps with business continuity so we can continue to deliver on projects.

All our staff are on board with getting tested twice a week. We explained the benefits to them and once they had been up to the site at the Metrodome and found out just how easy it was to get a test completed; they’ve been really enthusiastic about it.

The testing centre staff are really professional, helpful and friendly, so in turn that’s provided our staff with the reassurance they needed.

We’ve had no problems with attending twice a week. From our town centre site, it’s a 30 minute-round-trip to get there, get tested and be back on site.

Thanks to the council for giving us access to the site – I’d recommend it to any business as it’s genuinely been a huge help. Ahead of the vaccine being rolled out to everyone, it’s been a “shot in the arm” for us.

Funded by Barnsley Council, The Glass Works project includes 26 new retail units, a 13 screen Cineworld, Superbowl UK, seven restaurants and cafes, a new public square and 500-space car park. The first phase included the new Library @the Lightbox and the newly refurbished Barnsley Market. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2021 and will provide a vibrant town centre that is welcoming, safe and accessible for all.

More information about community testing at the Metrodome can be found at www.barnsley.gov.uk/coronavirus-rapid-test

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