A SCHOOL in a South Oxfordshire village has been trialling an innovative scheme to increase Covid-19 testing within the local community.

A ‘testing bus’ prototype arrived at the Abingdon Prep School in Frilford for a trial run, offering lateral flow tests to the staff teaching the children of key workers.

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The idea is that any standard city bus or Sprinter van can be converted into a mobile Covid-19 testing or vaccination centre in just a matter of days.

It can then be dispatched to areas in the community that are either difficult to reach or require a rapid response.

The company behind this is Project MOVE, based at Harwell Campus.

PIC Abingdon test bus trial APS project Move 1

PIC Abingdon test bus trial APS project Move 1

Craig Williams, headmaster at Abingdon Prep, said: “We were delighted to be able to help with this project.

“The whole process from the bus arriving, parking and opening for testing was very quick.”