New local testing site opens in Kidderminster

A new coronavirus testing site has opened in Kidderminster.

The testing facility has opened in Kidderminster Harriers Stadium Close Car Park.

The site is designed to offer more local testing provision for residents and offers more choice for those who do not have a car.

Residents will still need to book online to use the centre. Testing is available for those with coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. You should get a test even if you feel well and your symptoms are mild.

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Anyone with one or more of these symptoms, should book a test using either nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

The new site is 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 testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “Our new testing sites, like this one in Kidderminster, offer residents alternative options to get their coronavirus test. There is now more choice of where to go and plenty of appointments available. Getting a test should be very quick and straight forward. To get a test at any of the county’s testing sites, you just need to go online or phone 119 and book an appointment.

“If you think you have coronavirus symptoms, even if they are mild and you feel well, do not delay in booking your test. By doing this you will be helping to control the virus and getting us closer to returning to a more normal way of life.”

Councillor John Smith, cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing added: “It is really good to see the latest site in Kidderminster coming into operation. These local sites offer more choice and testing opportunities across Worcestershire. Anyone with symptoms should be able to get a test quickly and easily no matter where they live.

“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others around you and stop the spread of the virus.”

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