COVID-19: New testing site for Wirral

A dedicated indoor Covid-19 testing site will be open from this Friday, 6th November at Heswall Library. It will the first of its kind in the borough.

The semi-permanent site, known as a Local Testing Site (LTS), is an indoor version of the sites located at Birkenhead, Bebington and Liscard.

It will have the capacity to carry out approximately 288 tests each day and there will also be a testing bay that is fully disability compliant.

Wirral Council reminds residents that the tests are available to those with symptoms of COVID-19.

The announcement comes as most areas of Wirral are showing a decline in cases, with the exception of Claughton, Boromborough, and Eastham.

Councillor Yvonne Nolan, Chair of the Adult Social Care & Public Health Committee said: “The opening of this new indoor local testing site in Heswall is an important reminder to us all that coronavirus is still a big problem in Wirral. Our infection rates remain high and our National Health Service is under increasing pressure as we head into winter. Only by identifying those people with coronavirus in our community early and ensuring they self-isolate will we begin to drive down the spread.

“As the days get shorter and colder, I am pleased we have been able to safely open an indoor testing facility that will hopefully make what can be a daunting experience, more comfortable and accessible for everyone. Wirral will now have four local testing sites at key locations throughout the borough ensuring anyone who needs a test can get one.”

Opening times for the first days will be:

2pm to 5pm on Friday 6th November

10am to 5pm on Saturday 7th November

8am to 8pm from Sunday 8th November – seven days per week.

Heswall Library, Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 0AF

No prior appointment is needed, as walk-in slots will be available. However, pre-booking via the website is advised and will guarantee a time slot. You can book online using this link >>> www.wirral.gov.uk/test or by calling 119.

Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre).

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