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Preston’s coronavirus testing sites at Market Hall and Moor Park to be stood down

Posted on - 6th October, 2020 - 8:33pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Moor Park, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The coronavirus testing site at Preston Markets Pic: Tony Worrall
The coronavirus testing site at Preston Markets Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston’s coronavirus testing sites are to be changed up over the next week.

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Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) has confirmed the plans for how those with coronavirus symptoms will be able to access a Covid-19 test.

At present Preston City Council’s area has two walk-in community testing sites, at Preston Markets and Moor Park.

Preston Markets Covid-19 testing site will see its final day of operation on Wednesday (7 October).

The Moor Park community testing centre is to stop from Sunday (11 October).

Read more: Penwortham bar closing for two weeks due to staff testing positive for Covid-19

New government-run centres are due to be created instead to take the place of the community testing sites. It is not known where the new Preston site will be.

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The Walton-le-Dale park and ride site, in South Ribble, is to remain open.

The Resilience Forum say the new sites, once identified, will become ‘permanent’ test centres.

Read more: Coronavirus testing centre opens in Leyland

Chair of the regional co-ordination group on the LRF, Neil Jack, said: “These new testing sites should make it easier for people to get tested by offering regular slots in local areas. You will need to book, rather than just walk in, but this should also help to manage capacity much more.

“People are encouraged to get tested if they’re showing symptoms. It’s really important that we all work together to tackle the spread in Lancashire.

“And please stay at home if you’ve been told to, or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has Covid. You could be fined if you don’t self-isolate when you should be doing.

“We all want our lives to be more normal, and by stopping the spread we can all help each other and do this more quickly.”

A free Covid-19 test can be booked by calling 119 or booking online at gov.uk – or if you have the government’s Covid-19 app you can book a test through the app.

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What do you think about the decision on coronavirus testing sites? Have you been for a test? Let us know your views in the comments below

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