The mobile coronavirus testing unit returns to Wirral throughout most of August.
Bringing extra capacity for COVID-19 tests to the borough, the centre will initially be operating in Birkenhead by appointment only.
From Saturday August 1 to Monday August 3 it will be at Europa Leisure Centre site in Birkenhead, and then from Tuesday August 4 to Thursday August 6 at Woodchurch Leisure Centre site. Further dates and locations will be announced later.
The mobile unit is in addition to Wirral’s satellite testing centre in Bidston which operates seven days a week. For the latest information, visit www.wirral.gov.uk/test where you can also book a test at the Bidston satellite testing site.
The mobile testing site is walk in or drive through and will provide an additional 400 ‘self-swab' tests per day.
Everyone over the age of five 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.
Residents who meet the above criteria can apply for a test at the mobile site through the NHS website or the Gov.uk website, and select the Wirral site as an option via the booking process. Instructions on how to take the test and how and when individuals will receive their results will be provided when they take their test.
Cllr Chris Jones, Wirral Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Effective local testing is becoming more and more important as we move to the next stage in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Good local testing will help slow the spread of the coronavirus and allow people get the right advice for themselves their family and anyone they may have been in contact with.
“As restrictions continue to ease and people start to feel more normality coming back into their lives, it’s vital that those who are eligible for a test get tested to help Keep Wirral Well.”