New coronavirus testing site now open in Worksop

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened at Central Avenue car park in Worksop.

Friday, 13th November 2020, 2:35 pm
The testing site is based at Central Avenue car park in Worksop. Photo: Google Earth

Anyone with symptoms can book a test appointment at the facility, whihc has opened as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of Covid-19 testing for local communities.

Testing 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 by clicking here or by calling 119.

The Government is committed to continue expanding the capacity of the network of UK test sites and laboratories to make it even easier to get tested and reduce the time it takes to receive test results.

The new site is situated so 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.

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, 297 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 spreading the virus.

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