Residents reminded about new Covid-19 testing site in Wakefield
Wakefield Council is informing residents that the Covid-19 mobile testing unit based at Wakefield Trinity has now closed.
The mobile testing site at Featherstone Rovers will remain open, alongside a 'drop off and take away' service provided in partnership with Conexus.
The district's first permanent Covid-19 test site is also set to open today (18 November) to help improve access to local testing for residents.
The new walk-up site, at the Waterfront Car Park in Wakefield, is for pre-booked appointments only.
Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of taste and smell – however mild, are urged to get tested.
Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health
Anna Hartley, Wakefield Council's Director of Public Health, said: "I would like to thank Wakefield Trinity for allowing us to use their site as a mobile testing unit. It has been a great help to improving local testing for our residents in the fight against Covid-19.
"Other sites are still available across the district, including the permanent site which opens today.
"If you are displaying symptoms please book a test. You will be allocated an appointment at one of our testing sites and having this permanent site available will improve capacity to help you get tested more quickly and closer to home. Please make an appointment, even if your symptoms are mild."
Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms is urged to get a test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
Residents in the district who suspect they have symptoms of the virus can also access tests via a home delivery service but people are urged to try the national system first.
The local testing delivery service is available from Monday to Friday and bookings for appointments can be made at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 01924 224497. Or email the person's name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org so the booking team can get in touch.
If a child, aged between 2 – 12 years has symptoms, a test can be brought to the house for the parent to swab the child. If the parent struggles to manage this then an assisted swabbing service can be offered for children aged 2 - 12 years where nursing staff can arrange a home visit to help.