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Wirral COVID-19 Testing Sites Opens in Birkenhead and Bebington

Published: 4th September 2020 10:49

Semi-permanent walk-through Local Testing Site (LTS) are open in Birkenhead and Bebington, to widen testing capacity for people in Wirral, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Covid testing site

Designed to supplement existing testing facilities such as Regional and Mobile Testing UNITS, an LTS offers a bespoke walk-through appointment system to improve access for the community, in particular those with no access to a car or who cannot use public transport if they are symptomatic.

The LTS will be open for several months to ensure that accessible testing is continually available to people, with 12 testing bays that will accommodate approximately 288 tests per day.

One site is open in the car park of the Hamilton Building, Conway Street, Birkenhead, from 8am to 8pm 7 days per week.

A second sites opens in the car park off Civic Way in Bebington from Wednesday 9 September 2020.

The Bebington LTS will have 12 testing bays that will accommodate approximately 288 tests per day.

Opening times will be:

2pm to 5pm on Wednesday 9 September

10am to 5pm on Thursday 10 September

8am to 8pm from Friday 11 September - seven days per week.

LTS appointments can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Alternatively, you can attend the LTS without an appointment.

Leader of Wirral Council, Councillor Pat Hackett said: "The opening of this new local testing site is vitally important to ensure we prevent the spread of coronavirus in Wirral. We have seen a sharp increase in positive cases in the Borough over the last few weeks and by having increased testing capacity right in the heart of our communities we can make sure that people experiencing symptoms can get a test when they need it with or without an appointment. I would like to thank the community representatives who worked with us to make sure the facility will best serve the people of Birkenhead and Wirral.

"This site is set to be closely followed by others in Bebington and Wallasey later this month and we will continue to work closely with our communities to ensure that all of the testing availability is used in the best possible way to keep Wirral well."

Regional Testing Director for Cheshire and Merseyside, Terry Whalley, said: "This additional capacity is great for Wirral and the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside.

"Having more semi-permanent LTSs in Cheshire and Merseyside means that we will be able to use other testing facilities more flexibly and be able to deploy them in a more targeted way in the future. This will help the Directors of Public Health, and other professionals have a greater say in how testing is used and deployed in their own area.

"Having this extra capacity, more permanently, means that we can respond and react in a much more targeted way with other testing resources, should we see local outbreaks or other urgent needs. Such decisions can now be made in the knowledge that there are more testing sites in Cheshire and Merseyside to rely on day to day.

"We will carefully study the use of these new sites as we look to roll out further testing capability across Cheshire and Merseyside in our bid to continue protecting lives and livelihoods."

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gone sploggin
At 11:50 on 9th September 2020, gone sploggin commented:
Would residents from CW be eligible to go, or pointed in this direction?. Why I question this is some local residents have had to travel to Llandudno only last week for testing.
Carrie Spacey
At 11:53 on 9th September 2020, Carrie Spacey responded:
According to the information supplied, you can attend an LTS without an appointment. As the health authority covers both Wirral and Cheshire I am sure it is acceptable for Neston residents to attend at the two mentioned above.

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