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COVID-19 mobile testing facility visiting Earlestown

Article date - 15 September 2020

A walk-in mobile testing unit will be available at Fairclough Street Car Park in Earlestown on Wednesday and Thursday 16th-17th September for appointments.
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The facility can also accommodate cars and is strictly by appointment only. The facility has been brought into the area as part of the response to the rise in cases seen in the area recently.

Only people with these symptoms - continuous cough, high temperature or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste – should book a test.

The mobile testing unit will operate by appointment only; anyone who attempts to turn up at the testing facility without an appointment will be turned away.

You can apply for a test online at https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name or by calling NHS 119 and bookings should be open from 6pm this evening for tomorrow morning.

The site will be slightly altered to relieve some traffic issues experienced in the area with the exit of the site now becoming the entrance.

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Libraries, Arts and Heritage at St Helens Borough Council, said: “This mobile testing unit is a good example of how partners across health and care are working together locally to respond to COVID-19. By increasing testing locally, we hope to identify those most at risk from coronavirus and take the next steps to defeating the virus.”

Sue Forster, Director of Public Health in St Helens, said: "We know that this situation is a difficult time for people. Through testing we can understand more about the scale of this situation and how the virus is behaving, which will help us to bring normal life back again.

"Mobile testing sites help us to prioritise, by adding additional capacity for a short time where it will have the most benefit.”

A time slot and the location of the mobile unit will be provided upon booking. Instructions on how to take the test and how and when people they will receive their results will be provided when taking the test. People without a booking will be turned away - without exception.

Alternatively there is also testing available at Haydock Park Racecourse which is also available to book through the same channels.

Motorists are advised to use Sankey Street and Tamworth Street car parks as an alternative on the day.