Medical teams get free COVID-19 tests in new Drive-thru initiative

Makeshift roadside tents will provide medical workers with free coronavirus tests. Dzielnica Ursynów m.st. Warszawy

A new initiative that will see frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 getting access to free on-the-road tests has opened up across Poland.

The "Drive&Go-Thru" testing facilities consisting of tents where doctors, nurses and paramedics can drive in and quickly get tested for coronavirus have so far appeared in Warsaw, Łódż and Gdynia, with more to come in other cities.

The "Drive&Go-Thru" testing facilities have so far appeared in Warsaw, Łódż and Gdynia, with more to come in other cities. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Using WHO-recommended methods, the company behind the initiative, Diagnostyka, said that because medical personnel can make up to 18 percent of the infected, they would get free-of-charge access.

In a written statement, the company said: "More than 4,500 medics have been quarantined so far.

The initiative from Warsaw firm Diagnostyka comes in response to frontline workers making up 18 percent of those infected with coronavirus.Leszek Szymański/PAP

“At the same time, not all healthcare workers are covered by tests financed by the National Health Fund."

Diagnostyka, which is working in cooperation with city authorities, is the largest network of medical laboratories in Poland and the first private company to start performing coronavirus tests.

The plan is to now open more Drive-Through testing sites in Poznań, Gdańsk, Wrocław, and Kraków as well as two or three more in Warsaw.Leszek Szymański/PAP

They now plan on opening more Drive-Through testing sites in Poznań, Gdańsk, Wrocław, and Kraków as well as two or three more in Warsaw.

The test is also available to members of the public who will have to pay.Leszek Szymański/PAP

For non-medical staff, the test costs 580zl.