A NEW covid testing centre has opened its doors today in South Leamington.
The facility, on Court Street, will be available to Warwick district residents who have booked a covid-19 test in advance by visiting the NHS website or calling 119.
The site is part of an ongoing drive to improve accessibility for testing in the district.
Those being tested must follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, washing their hands before and after and wearing a face covering, including travelling to and from the testing unit. Anyone attending an appointment will be provided with guidance.
Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
Warwick District Council’s health spokeswoman Judy Falp said: “With coronavirus cases on the rise, I am making an urgent plea for anyone with symptoms – a new continuous cough, high-temperature or loss or change in the sense of taste and smell, to get a test to help stop the spread of the virus and protect family and friends around them. This new facility in Leamington Spa is part of the national test and trace initiative and will play a crucial part in managing the virus in our area, preventing lockdowns and saving lives.”
Warwickshire county councillor Les Caborn added: “The new covid-19 testing centre in Leamington Spa is an important step forward in increasing the county’s capacity to test for the virus. Right now, more than ever it’s essential for anyone with symptoms of the virus to get a test as soon as they can and to self-isolate until they get their results.”