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Symptom Free Testing sites update - 23.12.20

23.12.20 - 1pm - Please see below an update on Wirral's symptom-free testing sites:

Key information:

Due to incredible demand we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close the queues at our symptom-free testing sites today in Wirral.

*Please be aware* if you are queuing for the Birkenhead Market site you may not be tested today as the queue length may exceed the operating hours of the test site and general market.

Please check Wirral Council's Facebook and/or Twitter pages and the Wirral.gov.uk website for the latest updates on the situation.

 

Additional information:

Our sites have experienced incredible demand for symptom-free testing this week and we are now at a point where we are seeing many people from outside of the area coming to Wirral to access the testing centres.

This is adding to what was already high demand and has resulted in us taking the difficult decision to close early today to ensure we can process the tests from people who have already been queuing for some time.

*Please be aware* if you are queuing for the Birkenhead Market site you may not be tested today as the queue length may exceed the operating hours of the test site and general market.

We have also taken a decision to close the Birkenhead Market symptom-free testing centre from today until the New Year. The staff will be re-distributed to the Floral Pavilion site so that it can deliver as many tests as possible over the festive period. This short break will enable us to review how best to deliver symptom-free testing in the heart of Birkenhead in 2021.

Therefore, Wirral’s symptom-free testing centres will now operate on the following times on Thursday 24 Dec (Christmas Eve):

  • Floral Pavilion 9am to 3:30pm
  • Greasby Library 9am to 3:30pm
  • Eastham Library 9am to 3:30pm
  • Birkenhead Market – Closed until further notice

Our symptom-free testing was launched in early December to help identify those people who did not know they had COVID-19. However, symptom-free testing should not be seen as a replacement for the measures we’ve all become used to this year, especially over the festive period. Wearing a face covering, regularly washing your hands and keeping a safe distance are key measures which must still be adhered to in order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and Keep Wirral Well.

***There is plenty of testing capacity for anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and needs to get tested over Christmas. The symptoms-only testing centres at Birkenhead, Bebington, Liscard and Heswall are open EVERY DAY over Christmas but operating at reduced hours. Please visit www.wirral.gov.uk/test for more information.