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Helping Shropshire Council to keep those who can’t work from home safe

Alongside operating more than 150 Covid-19 testing centres across the UK, Sodexo is now also supporting Shropshire Council to keep those who can’t work from home safe.

Covid Swab

When a competitor was unable to deliver a mobile testing solution, Sodexo teams quickly stepped in to mobilise three mobile testing units (MTUs) to support the local council’s testing strategy and help individuals, who do not have Covid-19 symptoms to have regular lateral flow rapid tests up to two times per week (or once every four days).

MTUs are key to keep travel distances to test sites as low as possible. For many towns and villages, the deployment of an MTU has meant immediate access to testing, without the need for a vehicle, rather than undertaking a journey of 25 miles or more. The pace of deployment ensured ‘go live’ within two weeks without compromising on the quality of personnel, service or standards.

“Shropshire Council needed to find a quick solution to ensure the continuity of their LFD testing strategy. From the first initial discussion with Sodexo it was clear that they could mobilise quickly and provide a service that was flexible to suit the ever-changing demand of COVID 19 testing. The contract was up and running in two weeks from initial discussion and Sodexo have provided an additional operational arm to our program that is cost effective and does not draw down on our already stretched available resource.”
Ken Stringer, Public Health Programme/Commissioning Lead

The contract was up and running in two weeks from initial discussion and Sodexo have provided an additional operational arm to our program that is cost effective and does not draw down on our already stretched available resource.”

The Sodexo community testing solution

We are here to play a vital role in protecting communities against Covid-19. Sodexo has the capacity, skills and experience in Covid-19 mass testing to operate your end-to-end centre process.

  • Sodexo currently manages over 150 Covid-19 test centres across the UK on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
  • We worked with the DHSC to design the operation of the test centres and evaluate different swab test methods.
  • We can set up mobile test centres with less than a day's notice.
  • We have helped trial rapid lateral flow tests in different locations in England.
  • A dedicated seven-day-a-week recruitment centre has been set up to ensure that all our test centres are fully staffed at all times. Our 9,000+ strong national test centre workforce is equivalent to the size of four major police forces.
  • All staff receive comprehensive health, safety and customer service training.
  • As one of the government’s strategic suppliers, we provided catering and security services for the first British coronavirus evacuees returning from China in January 2020.
  • In the UK, we have provided cleaning, catering, infection control, facilities management services for acute NHS hospitals for many years.


Certainty of delivery for your local population

We can offer a range of at scale support and managed services at speed, with all the assurance you need.

  • Set up and full management of multi-lane drive through test centres to walk in and mobile facilities
  • NHS Test and Trace health and safety and operating procedures underpinned our approach, which we have worked to develop in partnership since the start of the pandemic.
  • Security, clinical waste management and ongoing maintenance requirements can be managed by our at scale and experienced team.
  • We are experts in infection control – so we will ensure all teams and customers are safe and protected within the test centres.

 

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