Army Boost for Testers at IKEA Wembley COVID-19 Testing Facility

British Army teams are being trained as COVID-19 Testers and the first teams of soldiers to complete their training were validated at a new purpose made testing site at IKEA, Wembley this week.

Supporting Boots clinical testers, Corporal Jamie De Maurier from the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment based in Woolwich, and Colour Sergeant Gavin Hudson from the Grenadier Guards based in Aldershot, had received previous professional train-the-trainer training at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The two soldiers working with partners from Boots, Sodexo and Deloittes, have been busy putting this essential skill to good use by training their wider military teams on location at the new COVID-19 testing site in Wembley.

The Boots clinical training was really thorough and prepared me well Corporal De Maurier

Trainer Corporal Jamie De Maurier, who originally comes from Southend, is confident the soldiers are ready to make a difference. He said “The Boots clinical training was really thorough and prepared me well for the work here in Wembley alongside everyone else. This may not be normal infantry work, but it’s a privilege to be able to step forward and help deal with the coronavirus challenge”.

Among those being trained as testers is 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Private Jermaine Campbell, from East London, who is proud to be called forward for the role. He said: “As a Londoner, being able to step up and support the efforts here in my home-city is really important to me. The team is a real mix – Boots, Sodexo, and two Army units – but everyone is working together, testing the NHS and key workers who come through, so they can continue their vital work”.

The enhanced military force will bolster the north London COVID-19 testing facility, which is now fully manned and currently being used for NHS staff and other key workers.