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More Coronavirus tests available in borough

The mobile testing unit returns to Wirral next week bringing extra capacity for COVID-19 tests to the borough.

Operating strictly by appointment only, it will be back in West Kirby from Thursday 16th July to Sunday 19th July. Anyone who turns up at the testing facility without an appointment will be turned away.

The mobile unit is in addition to Wirral’s satellite testing centre in Bidston which operates seven days a week. For the latest information, visit www.wirral.gov.uk/test  where you can also book a test at the Bidston satellite site.

The mobile testing site will provide an additional 400 ‘self-swab' tests per day to those with an appointment.

Everyone over the age of five who is showing symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of or change to their sense of smell or taste – is eligible to apply for a test.

Residents who meet the above criteria can apply for a test at the mobile site through the NHS website or the Gov.uk website, selecting the Wirral site as an option via the booking process.  Instructions on how to take the test and how and when individuals will receive their results will be provided when they take their test.

This is a drive through, self-testing centre. People will need to drive in their own vehicle or a vehicle driven by a someone in their household.

Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Pat Hackett, said: “As we move to the next stage in tackling the COVID-19 it is crucial that anyone with symptoms of the virus is able to book an appointment via a robust local testing scheme. This approach to testing will help slow the spread of coronavirus and allow for effective outbreak management and control, where necessary.

“Health and social care and other key workers will continue to be prioritised but the mobile testing facility will support Wirral’s existing satellite testing site at Bidston which offers tests for all those in the borough who are symptomatic with COVID-19.”

To book a test, click here.

According to the NHS website, if you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus