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Local testing site comes to Huyton

by Nicola Appleton

A walk-through Covid-19 testing site will be in Huyton from Friday 11 September. It will be situated in the car park opposite Huyton Library on Civic Way, Huyton for approximately three months.

The new site will make it easier for people without a car to take a coronavirus test.

The site will be open from 8am until 8pm, seven days a week and appointments need to be made in advance.

The semi-permanent site, known as a Local Testing Site (LTS), is designed to supplement existing testing routes such as Regional and Mobile Testing Units.  As well as Huyton, other locations in the borough are being identified.

They are the first to offer bespoke walk-through appointments, helping to improve access for the whole community, especially those close to do not have access to a car or should not be using public transport because they have symptoms.

Each LTS will have around three testing bays and each bay can test up to three people an hour.

If you have a high temperature, new / persistent cough of a loss of taste or smell, you should stay at home and book a test. The LTS can only be visited if you have an appointment. You can book an appointment through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by ringing 119.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“We have been working very closely with colleagues in the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside and the Department for Health and Social Care to ensure that we have the most accessible testing facilities for the people of Knowsley.

“I am delighted that we have been able to secure this LTS facility so our residents and workers will have even greater access to testing should they display any of the symptoms.”

Regional Testing Director for Cheshire and Merseyside, Terry Whalley, said:

“This additional capacity is great for Knowsley and the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside.

“Having more semi-permanent LTSs in Cheshire and Merseyside means that we will be able to use other testing facilities more flexibly and be able to deploy them in a more targeted way in the future. This will help the Directors of Public Health, and other professionals have a greater say in how testing is used and deployed in their own area.

“Having this extra capacity, more permanently, means that we can respond and react in a much more targeted way with other testing resources, should we see local outbreaks or other urgent needs. Such decisions can now be made in the knowledge that there are more testing sites in Cheshire and Merseyside to rely on day to day.

“We will carefully study the use of these new sites as we look to roll out further testing capability across Cheshire and Merseyside in our bid to continue protecting lives and livelihoods.”