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Coronavirus mobile testing facility to return to Wirral strictly by appointment only

A mobile testing site, facilitated by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), will offer strict appointment-only COVID-19 testing in Wirral from Sunday 31st May to Tuesday 2nd June.

 

Everyone over the age of 5 who is showing symptoms of coronavirus, a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of or change to their sense of smell or taste is eligible to apply for a test.

 

The mobile unit is in addition to Wirral’s Satellite Testing Centre in Bidston and will be based in a different location. The location of the site will be provided to individuals upon booking.

 

Residents who meet the above criteria can apply for a test via the NHS website, but according to the DHSC the Wirral site will not appear as an option via the booking process until Saturday 30th May.

 

The mobile testing unit will operate strictly by appointment only, anyone who attempts to turn up at a testing facility without an appointment will be turned away.

 

Essential workers, and members of their household, can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK.

 

Julie Webster, Wirral Director of Public Health, said: “This mobile testing offer is great news for Wirral yet again as many residents will be able to access testing for COVID-19 over the next few days.

 

“It’s also a fantastic example of how partners across health and care are working together locally to respond to Covid-19.

 

“The mobile testing facility will support Wirral’s satellite site in Bidston which continues to prioritise health and social care and other key workers.

 

“By increasing local testing, we will be able to slow the spread of the coronavirus and make sure people get the right advice for themselves their family and anyone they may have been in contact with.”

 

A booking timeslot and the location of the mobile unit will be provided upon booking.

 

Instructions on how to take the test and how and when individuals will receive their results will be provided when they take their test. People without a booking will be turned away - without exception.

 

Julie Webster continued: "We know that this is a difficult time for people. Testing helps us understand the spread of the virus and how we can help to bring some normality back into people’s lives.

 

“I want to remind residents that the testing site will operate strictly by appointment only. Please do not visit the site without an appointment – you will not be tested but you may delay vital Coronavirus testing for those who need it.”

 

This is a drive through, self-testing centre. People will need to drive in their own vehicle or via a vehicle driven by a someone in their household.

 

Plans remain ongoing to widen the availability of testing on a more permanent basis. We will provide further information as these plans develop.

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