New coronavirus testing facility now open at university

New coronavirus testing facility now open at university

by Henry James (October 2020)

A WALK-through coronavirus testing facility has opened at Edge Hill University for those who have Covid-19 symptoms.

Testing is available only for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

The site is situated in Edge Hill’s sports tennis courts so as to be easily accessible for people without a car.

Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face-covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.

The Government has said it is part of the UK-wide drive to continue to “improve the accessibility of coronavirus” testing for local communities.

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. Testing at the new site started on Friday, October 9, with appointments made available each day.

Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them trace their contacts.

This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, asking them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus.

They will be advised to also book at a test if they develop symptoms.

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