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Birchley Street symptomatic Covid-19 testing unit opens on Monday

Article date - 09 July 2021

A new Covid-19 mobile testing unit will be opening from Monday 12 July at Birchley Street Car Park.
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The testing unit will be in place for five weeks and open seven days a week for people with symptoms of Covid-19 or have tested positive on a symptom free rapid lateral flow test to take a PCR test.

The facility will be accessible by car or pedestrian access and will be open from 10am to 3pm daily.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 – a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature or a loss of sense of smell or taste – should book an appointment for the site online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

You will be given a booking reference number or QR code which you must give in to the centre. Without these you will not be given a test.

The new testing facility will be in addition to the Local PCR Testing Site operation at Fairclough Street in Earlestown and will support testing in the borough as Haydock Park Racecourse Regional Testing Site closes on Sunday.

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said: “Our rates of Covid-19 continue to rise rapidly so we need to make sure that as a community we are doing all we can to reduce the spread, particularly as we are all looking forward to the new freedoms that July 19 will bring. It’s absolutely vital that if you have symptoms you book a test and you and your household isolate until you have your results, which means do not go to work, school, shopping, mix with anyone else or leave the house for exercise. We are seeing cases in people who have been double jabbed too, though largely those people do not suffer from severe illness, so please do not ignore the symptoms if you have been vaccinated.

“This site will initially be in place for five weeks initially but we will make sure that the right level of testing support is in place across the borough. I would also urge people to make sure they look after the site as we have had instances where vandals have attacked some of the equipment at mobile testing units which has meant we have not always been able to deploy them. This is totally unacceptable behaviour and impacts on the wider community as it stops this vital service from continuing. Please respect these sites as they are helping to save lives.

“We all have our part to play to stop the spread, reduce the numbers and protect others. The easiest way to do that is to get vaccinated and now everyone over 18 is eligible with The Totally Wicked Stadium offering daily drop in with no need to book there is now excuse not to find the time to do it. It’s also vital that you get tested and isolate if you have symptoms – there is a wealth of support out there from St Helens Together, from support with food and prescriptions to online advice to help those eligible claim £500 if you have to isolate.”

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.

This site does not offer the quick tests for people who do not have symptoms. These are only available at St Mary’s Market and Chester Lane Community Centre.

Motorists are advised that Birchley Street Car Park will still be in operation as the facility will only take up a small section of the site.

To find out more about testing visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/letsgettested and to get support from St Helens Together call 01744 676767 or find out how to claim for £500 isolation support visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus