The Royal Signallers are responsible for collecting swab samples from members of the public at the ‘Mobile Testing Unit’ (MTU), before they are sent to mega-labs for processing.
The 12-man team have been trained to operate the pop-up site as part of the U.K. government's plans to meet the increased demand for coronavirus testing. The facilities can be set up in less than 20 minutes and allow for hundreds of people to be tested each day.
Sergeant Pete Wideman from 22nd Signal Regiment explained: “Normally we would be supporting NATO, held at high readiness to deploy anywhere around the world. This was a high readiness task force and it differs in that we are now operating on U.K. soil.