Wirral Council has introduced a booking system at its symptom-free testing centres so as to prioritise testing for key workers and anyone else who simply cannot work from home during the national lockdown. Symptom-free testing in Wirral is now by appointment only.
The borough currently has four symptom-free testing centres in New Brighton, Greasby, Eastham and Birkenhead and has seen a huge increase in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 since Christmas.
The move to an appointment only booking system is designed to provide additional reassurance and support to those key workers such as school and college staff, delivery drivers and supermarket employees as well as unpaid carers so they can protect themselves and their loved ones and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Anyone who can stay at home, should stay at home during the national lockdown.
The following groups will be given priority when booking appointments at our symptom-free testing centres:
- essential workers who cannot work from home
- anyone else who cannot work from home
- unpaid carers who have to leave home
- anyone who has been asked to get a test before going to a medical appointment
Councillor Yvonne Nolan, Chair of the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee for Wirral Council said: “When we launched symptom-free testing in early December, the people of Wirral fully embraced the opportunity to get a test and help us identify those who may unwittingly be carrying the virus.
"However, we are now in a national lockdown and residents should not leave home unless undertaking an essential journey or because they simply cannot work from home. Key workers have to leave home each day to work and it is those people who we must now support and protect. It is why we have introduced priority booking at our symptom-free testing centres to ensure they are able to plan a test around their working day.”
“The booking system prioritises key workers and those in essential roles who do not currently have access to symptom-free testing as part of their job and will give them greater reassurance that they are staying clear of infection and provide an early indication if they have caught Covid-19 but do not have symptoms. They can then self-isolate and get tested at one of our symptoms only testing centres. If they test negative, we encourage them to regularly get tested, leaving at least five days between tests.”
To book an appointment at Wirral’s symptom-free testing centres please visit: www.wirral.gov.uk/test.
Wirral’s symptom-free testing centres are:-
- Floral Pavilion conference centre, New Brighton - 7 days a week, 10:30am to 6:30pm
- Greasby Library - 7 days a week, 10:30am to 6:30pm
- Eastham Library - 7 days a week, 10:30am to 6:30pm
- Birkenhead Market - Monday to Friday 15 January, 9am to 4:15pm*
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you MUST NOT visit one of our symptom-free testing centres. Self-isolate and get a test at one of our symptoms ONLY testing centres. More information is available via www.wirral.gov.uk/test.
If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive you must self-isolate. Please do not attend a symptom-free test site. You only need to be tested if you develop symptoms.
If you visit a symptom-free testing centre and test positive you must self-isolate. Guidance and support to do so is available here: www.wirral.gov.uk/covidpayment.
You can read the critical worker list as defined by the Government here.
*Birkenhead's symptom-free testing centre is set to move to the former House of Fraser building on Grange Road from Monday 18 January. More details to follow shortly.