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Access to testing for people without COVID symptoms

by Jonathan Kearney

As we are preparing to hopefully move to the next step in the Government’s roadmap to recovery from 17 May and beyond, all of the SMART assisted testing and community collect sites across the Borough are currently being reviewed. This is to ensure they are easily accessible to residents who may now be more ‘out and about’ as restrictions have started to be gradually eased.

Regular testing (at least twice weekly) is important to ensure that people who have the virus, but are not displaying any symptoms, can be identified and importantly, they can then self isolate to stop them passing it on to other people.

In addition to the Borough’s SMART testing sites, residents can also access COVID testing through a number of routes – many can access testing through their own workplace, local participating pharmacies, schools or by requesting home delivery of testing kits by ringing 119.

From Wednesday, 12 May the SMART testing facility in Huyton will be relocated to Huyton Village Centre as follows:-

Huyton

Former Pawnbrokers in Huyton Village Centre (next to Joe’s Stall) – open Monday to Friday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm at weekends.

Please note, Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park will no longer be used as a SMART testing site from 12 May.

All other sites will continue to operate as normal:

Kirkby

SMART testing will continue to operate from Volair Kirkby open Monday to Friday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm at weekends.

Prescot

SMART testing will continue to operate in Prescot One Stop Shop – open Wednesday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm and 10am until 4pm on Saturday.

Halewood

SMART testing will continue to operate from Volair Halewood – open Monday to Friday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm at weekends

Knowsley Village Hall

SMART testing will continue to operate from Knowsley Village Hall – open Monday and Tuesday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

For Housing, Stockbridge Village

SMART testing will continue to operate from the For Housing Office – open Wednesday to Friday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm on Saturday.

St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Whiston

SMART testing will continue to operate from St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School – Open Monday and Tuesday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

Arrangements are also being made for a mobile response unit to travel around the Borough, enabling residents to drop in and collect tests when the unit is in their area. Further details and the timetable will be confirmed shortly.