A dedicated indoor Covid-19 testing site will open in Heswall Library, Wirral, this Friday, the first of its kind in the borough.
Opening on Friday 6 November, the semi-permanent site - known as a Local Testing Site (LTS) - is an indoor version of the sites located at Birkenhead, Bebington and Liscard. With capacity to carry out approximately 288 tests each day, there will also be a testing bay that is fully disability compliant and which can also be used to accommodate testing for a single-family group. Tests are available to those with symptoms of Covid-19.
Opening times for the first days will be:
- 2pm to 5pm on Friday 6 November
- 10am to 5pm on Saturday 7 November
- 8am to 8pm from Sunday 8 November – seven days per week.
Cllr 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.”
Tests are available to those with symptoms of Covid-19. No prior appointment is needed with walk-in slots available although pre-booking via the website is advised to guarantee a time slot. Book by visiting www.wirral.gov.uk/test or by calling 119.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, (a new continuous cough, high temperature and or a loss of sense of taste or smell) you must self-isolate and book a test. Financial support to help you self-isolate is now available through the Test and Trace Support Payment with more information available here: www.wirral.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/coronavirus-updates/test-and-trace-support-payment
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).
- If you are identified as a contact of a positive case you must isolate for the full 14 days (even if for some reason you got a negative test during that period)
- If you test positive for Covid-19 you must self-isolate for 14 days.
- To stop the spread of the virus remember Hands. Face. Space: wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household.
- If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them while they wait for the results.
- If you have symptoms and need to book a test, you can do this online at www.wirral.gov.uk/test or by ringing 119. Do not call 111 which is an urgent care service and cannot help with tests.