Virus testing centre opens up at airport

Virus testing centre opens up at airport

by Tom Martin (June 2020)

A REGIONAL Testing Centre for Covid-19 has opened at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The centre, which has been welcomed by Sefton Council, began testing residents with pre-arranged appointments, on Wednesday, June 17.

The drive-through coronavirus testing facility is located in the long stay car park at the airport and is a key part of a local push to meet the need for further increased testing.

It is open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm, and those tested will receive their results within a few days.

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, should book a test at  nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 to find out if they currently have coronavirus.

NHS staff and those key workers within health and social care settings can also access the site  without an appointment.

To receive a test without an appointment staff will need to bring an employee photo ID badge, if they don’t have an employee photo ID, they can bring another form of photo ID, such as a passport or driving licence and a recent payslip.

Anyone testing positive for the virus will also be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Chief Executive of Sefton Council, Dwayne Johnson, said: “The pace and quality of the roll out Covid-19 testing across Cheshire and Merseyside has been hugely impressive.

“We have seen so many organisations working together to ensure this happens in a safe and timely way.

“Whether it is local authorities, different parts of the NHS or the Ministry of Defence; private and public sector colleagues have all come together to ensure that we are delivering mobile, satellite and regional testing sites; – like this new facility at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

“We are working together across Cheshire and Merseyside to ensure that testing is easily available to anyone who needs it. Sites like this allow people who develop symptoms to quickly get a test and find out whether they need to take the appropriate action.”

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