A new coronavirus testing site is opening up at Bucks New University today.

The new test site is opening at the university's Queen Alexandra Road campus in a bid to make it easier for people in Wycombe to get a Covid test if they need one.

It forms part of an expansion to open more "walk-through" testing sites that are easily accessible by foot or bike, but you must book a test in advance and only if you are experiencing one of the Covid-19 symptoms.

It comes amid a rise in cases in the county. Public Health England figures show that 4,110 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Tuesday (October 27) in Buckinghamshire, up from 4,017 the same time on Monday.

The new site has been welcomed by Wycombe MP Steve Baker.

He said: "With coronavirus cases in Buckinghamshire rising, I welcome more testing for local people at this central location in our town.

“If you are experiencing a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste, please stay at home and book a coronavirus test.

“This can be booked via nhs.uk/coronavirus, by calling 119, or using the NHS Covid-19 app.

“Only by following the rules and guidance can we keep coronavirus cases down and avoid further restrictions in our area.”

Professor Gavin Brooks, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Bucks New University, said: "Testing has been successfully and safely performed on our High Wycombe site for a number of weekends, and now we are proud to now be able to host this in a more secure setting for our local residents.

"The test centre is entirely self-contained in one of our unused workshops with clear routes and signage directing members of the public from the main road to the test centre entrance. 

"This will provide a much-needed service for the residents of High Wycombe and we are pleased to be playing our part to support the local community and help stop the spread of Covid-19."

The university has been doing its bit throughout the coronavirus outbreak - including donating 13,500 items of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS at the height of the pandemic and hosted a mobile testing centre in the campus car park during September and October.