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More SMART testing sites to open in Knowsley

by Guy Murphy

Two more ‘pop up’ SMART testing sites will be opening in Knowsley to ensure people without COVID-19 symptoms can access testing closer to home or work.

The two new sites are in Whiston and Stockbridge Village and support the other five sites across the Borough in Halewood, Huyton, Kirkby, Knowsley Village and Prescot.

SMART testing is available to anyone who does not have symptoms and is unable to work from home. No appointment is needed. People can have the virus without knowing it or have any symptoms, so regular SMART testing is recommended to ensure that people who need to self-isolate can and ensure the virus is not (unknowingly) being passed on to other people.

The new site is Stockbridge Village is located at the For Housing Office (The Croft) and will open on 13 February, whilst in Whiston, the testing site is at St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School (Cumber Lane) and will open on 14 February.

Open times for all sites are as follows:-

Volair Kirkby 

Open Monday to Friday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm at weekends

Volair Huyton

Open Monday to Friday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm at weekends

Volair Halewood

Open Monday to Friday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm at weekends

Prescot One Stop Shop

Open Wednesday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm and 10am until 4pm on Saturday

Knowsley Village Hall

Open Monday and Tuesday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm on Sunday

For Housing, Stockbridge Village (opening on 13 February)

Open Wednesday to Friday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm on Saturday

St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Whiston (opening on 14 February)

Open Monday and Tuesday 8am until 6pm and 10am until 4pm on Sunday

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “It’s really important that residents who are unable to work from home can access testing.  With seven sites now open across the borough, with testing available seven days a week, residents are encouraged to get tested at least twice weekly to give reassurance that they are not unknowingly passing on the virus to others. With our rates still exceptionally high, we need to do all that we can to bring our rates down. Identifying people with the virus but without symptoms is essential.”

Remember if you receive a negative test, you must still follow the rules and it doesn’t mean you are free to meet up with family and friends. Regular testing (at least twice weekly) is recommended.

The SMART testing sites are for people without symptoms only. If you have symptoms, please book an appointment for a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.