FOUR new walk-through coronavirus testing sites have been set-up across the area in Crosby, Walton, Netherton and Anfield in an effort to improve testing in the Sefton and north Liverpool areas.
The sites are based at Crosby Road North car park, Netherton Activity Centre Car Park, Walton Hall Park and Stanley Park car park.
The sites, which are all now open, are for those with one of the key Covid-19 symptoms - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.Appointment must be pre-booked at at nhs.uk/ coronavirus or by calling 119.
On announcing the new sites, Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We continue to expand testing to make sure that everyone with symptoms can get a test, with our new walk-in sites making it even easier no matter where you live.
“The new sites form part of our national testing network, which has the capacity to test more than a million people a week and is growing all the time.
“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others around you and stop the spread of the virus.”
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.
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.
Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will 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.
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 a test if they develop symptoms.