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Redditch Library to become a new Covid rapid test site

Published Wednesday, 28th April 2021

Redditch Library will take over as the new location for rapid Covid testing from Tuesday 4th May 2021. The last day of testing at the current site, Redditch Town Hall, will be Friday 30th April.

Residents living in and around the Redditch area, over the age of 18, will be able to access a free rapid test at Redditch Library, 15 Market Place, between 9:30 am and 16:20 pm, Monday to Saturday. 

Please note that the opening hours on the first day that testing is available, Tuesday 4th May, will be 12:30pm to 16:20pm.

Hannah Perrott, Assistant Director for Communities, said: “Libraries offer a convenient location for local people to get a free rapid flow tests and we are delighted that Redditch Library is being added as a test site to further support our local community.”

“Libraries across Worcestershire reopened on 12 April for browsing and borrowing so this gives people a great opportunity to get tested while visiting the library.”

It is well established that 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms yet can spread the virus. Therefore, people must access regular rapid testing to protect their families and communities.

Rapid Covid testing is only suitable for people without symptoms. If you have symptoms of Covid-19 (a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, and a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell) please book a test here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 

The library will also become a collection point for home testing kits. 

The new site will run alongside the existing testing site in the town’s Trescott Road Car Park, which provides testing for people with symptoms of Covid-19 in the morning and is a collection point for home testing kits in the afternoon.

Early detection using a rapid flow test is one of the ways, alongside vaccination, we can help to suppress the virus and keep ourselves and others safe as we move out of lockdown.

To find out more about regular rapid testing visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/communitytesting 

All appointments can be booked using this online booking link https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/LateralFlowTesting  however, walk-in appointments are possible, but subject to availability.