Mitie is expanding its support for the NHS’s fight against Covid-19 by taking on the operation of 19 mobile testing units across England and Wales.
It will take over the mobile units at the end of this month, following a one-month handover period with the British Army. Armed forces personnel will then be redeployed to other activities.
Mitie will manage a range of services to support the mobile units, such as driving the units to the testing location and back to the regional testing centre at the end of the day, installing the equipment – gazebos, safety signage and traffic management tools – at designated testing locations and providing cleaning and security services, including traffic management and lane support for people arriving at the MTU by car and on foot.
About 400 Mitie employees will be working with the 19 mobile units to support local communities in identifying and controlling infections to prevent further spread. The group now has more than 1,400 employees working across the 12 regional testing centres and 19 MTUs.
Simon Venn, Mitie’s chief government and strategy officer, said: “In taking on the management of these mobile testing units, in addition to our existing testing centre sites, we’re proud to be helping local communities identify and respond to potential coronavirus outbreaks to prevent further spread.”