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Walk-in coronavirus testing site to open at Preston Markets

Posted on - 20th August, 2020 - 5:57pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Looking into the Market Hall building under the Covered Market Pic: Blog Preston
Looking into the Market Hall building under the Covered Market Pic: Blog Preston

A new walk-in community coronavirus testing centre will open at Preston Markets on Monday (24 August) to help more people in the city get tested.

The testing station, located under the markets canopy near to Lancaster Road, is free to use with no booking required.

Members of the public do not need to have symptoms of coronavirus to be tested.

A similar test centre has recently opened in Deepdale at the Issa Medical Centre.

Read more: New Deepdale Covid-19 test centre welcoming walk-ins

Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council, said: “This new site in the heart of the city will help residents from across Preston get a quick and painless test for coronavirus.

A woman having a coronavirus test
One of the first people to be tested at the Deepdale testing centre. Pic: Deepdale Community Association / Twitter

“With cases on the rise across the region, it’s vital as many of us as possible get tested for the virus and for everyone who receives positive results to self-isolate.

“This is an important way for us to stop the spread of the virus. We need everyone’s help.




“In order to demonstrate a low percentage of positive tests, we need more people to be tested.

“And in order to achieve that low percentage, we need everyone to continue to follow government guidance and take the restrictions seriously.”

Read more: New figures show the number of positive coronavirus tests in every Preston postcode

Preston Markets, including the outdoor market, will continue to operate as normal while the test centre is operational.

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Will you use the new testing site? Have you had a Covid-19 test? Let us know in the comments

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