As thousands have been tested so far, Wirral Council thanks armed forces for Covid-19 testing support

Wirral Council’s Leader visited Eastham Library on Friday afternoon to thank the armed forces for all their help in setting up the symptom-free testing centres across the borough this week.

Cllr Janette Williamson made sure not to visit empty handed either as she took boxes of sweets for the soldiers to enjoy on their long trip back to barracks in Scotland.

Leader of Wirral Council Cllr Janette Williamson said, “I just wanted to thank all of the soldiers from 39 Engineer Regiment in person for all of their hard work and help in setting up the symptom-free testing centres in Wirral this week. The comments we’ve had from the public who have attended the centres both in person and on social media have been so complimentary toward the army. They really have provided us with a great platform to continue with the testing as we do all we can to stop the spread of coronavirus in our community.”

Commanding Officer 39 Engineer Regiment Lt Col Jamie Stuart said, “It has been great working with Wirral Council supporting the delivery of the community testing programme. We have been made to feel very welcome and we are very glad we could provide assistance in these difficult times.”

At the end of the fourth day of symptom-free testing 7,449 people had been for a test so far this week, with 25 people returning a positive test.

Cllr Williamson continued: “I would like to thank every person who took the time to get tested this week. We asked the people of Wirral to come out and do their bit to Keep Wirral Well and they responded in their thousands, often in quite unpleasant weather as well. By identifying people who do not know they have COVID-19 we are able to break the chain of transmission and stop the spread. The symptom-free testing centres are with us until Spring 2021 and I would urge anyone who has not yet visited and does not have symptoms to get tested.”

You do not need to book but you will need a mobile number or email address to register when you arrive. If you do not have a mobile number or email address you will be asked to call 119 to get your results.

If you do need a little help, friendly staff are on hand to talk you through the process and offer support. And please don’t forget your specs if you wear them to help with the registration process.

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Testing will be available to anyone who lives or works in Wirral who does not have Covid-19 symptoms at the following sites:

  • The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton open 7 days a week 10am to 7pm                                                                                 (last test at 6:30pm)
  • Greasby Library open 7 days a week 10am to 7pm                                                                                 (last test at 6:30pm)
  • Eastham Library open 7 days a week 10am to 7pm                                                                                 (last test at 6:30pm)
  • Birkenhead Market open 6 days Mon – Sat 9am to 5pm

                                                                                 (last test at 4:30pm, closed Sundays)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and get a test at one of the special test centres for people with symptoms via www.wirral.gov.uk/test.

If you visit a symptom-free testing centre and test positive you must self-isolate. Guidance and support to do so is available online at www.wirral.gov.uk/covidpayment or by calling Wirral Council’s Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050.

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