New Covid testing centre opens in Oswestry

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for those with symptoms in Oswestry.

The outdoor centre opened today at the former Morrison’s car park in Oswestry Road.

Testing, which is self administered, is only available for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

It is part of the government's commitment to continue expanding the capacity of the network of UK test sites and laboratories to make it easier to get tested and reduce the time it takes to receive test results.

The site, next to the town's bus station, was chosen because it is easily accessible 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.

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through test 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.

Health minister, Lord Bethell, said: "The site is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history which has the capacity to process more than 500,000 tests a day and includes more than 600 sites across the UK, including 79 drive-through sites, 352 walk-through sites, 258 mobile units, home testing and satellite kits and five Lighthouse laboratories.

"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 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."

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