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New test sites coming online in Worcestershire

Pictured; University of Worcester vice chancellor, David Green, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor John Smith, and members of the University of Worcester Public Health team. Published Thursday, 29th October 2020

Getting a Covid test in Worcestershire is about to become easier as local testing sites start to open across the county.

New testing sites in Redditch and Worcester have opened in the last week making it for people to get to a test site and offering more choice for the county’s residents.

Anyone booking a test using the Government’s online booking form will now be offered the choice of two new sites in addition to the regional testing centre in Spetchley Road at County Hall. 

The local testing sites have been placed in areas where people are able to walk to access them rather than using a car. This offers more choice for those who don’t drive or have access to a vehicle. Until now their only alternative has been to order a home testing kit.

The local testing sites are available for all age groups but must be booked in advance as they are not drop in centres.  For those who want to arrive on foot, we are asking them not to use public transport if they have any symptoms but to walk or ride a bike.

Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “The walk-through testing sites, will offer local options for testing for all of our residents. There will be five new walk-through testing sites available throughout Worcestershire by the end of November.  They can be accessed on foot offering more choice for those who don’t drive or have access to a vehicle. 
 
“If you book an appointment at a local walk through testing site please avoid using public transport and instead walk or cycle if you can. 

Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing and wearing a face covering while at the centre. By expanding our local testing sites and offering the extra 'on foot' option, we are making it even easier for people to get a test when they need it.”

Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Health and Wellbeing, added: “It’s really good that we now have walk in testing centres across the county, to help us keep up with the demand for tests locally, and provide more people with an opportunity to get tested when they need it. It is really important that all those who attend the centre, follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance, when attending. Although the centres are known as walk in, you must book an appointment prior to going to the centre.”

To book a Covid-19 test visit Government’s online booking form or call 119.

Further testing sites are due to open in other districts and will be announced by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Please help us make sure that only those who need a test is able to get one. Do not book a test unless you have a symptom of Covid-19 or have been told officially to book one.

The latest information from the Department of Health and Social Care about their testing provision is available on our website