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New local COVID-19 testing site to open in Walsall

  • 11 September 2020
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Darlaston Community Recreation Centre will start operating as a local testing site from Friday 11 September. Those who have booked a test will not need to use a vehicle to be tested as this site can be accessed on foot ensuring that those residents displaying symptoms without vehicles are able to easily book and access tests.

Residents MUST book appointments via the online portal and are reminded to only do this if they show symptoms of COVID-19. These could be a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell and a loss or change to your sense of taste.

The site will be available for bookings on Friday 2pm until 5pm, Saturday 12 September from 10am until  5pm and from Sunday 13 September it will be operating daily from 8am to 8pm.

Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said,

“We are pleased to be able to offer this testing facility in Darlaston especially as it will enable those without a vehicle to get tested as well. The test for coronavirus is free and it is important that we all follow government guidance about getting tested if we start to show any symptoms. These are a loss or change in sense of smell or taste, a high temperature or a new continuous cough. Even if you have one of these symptoms, no matter how mild please stay at home and book a test straight away. Everyone who you live with and those in your support bubble, must also stay at home.”

“All tests must be pre-booked as soon as symptoms develop by calling 119 or via the NHS Website. Residents are urged not to turn up without first booking a test.”

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Notes to editors

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at https://go.walsall.gov.uk/covid-19_information.

Prevent the spread of coronavirus - To protect yourself and others:

Where possible, stay at home as much as you can

Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and as often as possible, but especially when you get home from being outside

Cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces. You must wear a face covering in indoor spaces, on public transport and if you cannot keep a safe distance from anyone you do not live with. (Show picture of face covering / appropriate language translation.) 

Make space - If you need to go out, keep your distance from anyone who you don’t live with

Even if you don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus it is important you follow this advice as it will help to stop the spread of the virus and help to keep yourself, family and friends safe

Know the Symptoms, stay at home and get tested (Test and Trace)

Remember the most common symptoms of coronavirus are:

  •  A high temperature – you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough it may be worse than usual.
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell – you cannot smell anything, or things smell  differently to normal
  • A loss or change to your sense of taste – you cannot taste anything, or things taste differently to normal

If you show any of these signs book a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. You can do this by visiting the NHS website which provides translated guidance or by calling NHS 119

Stay at home with your household and do not have visitors– only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result

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