September 10, 2020

New Covid-19 mobile testing unit now open in Monkspath Hall Road car park

 

Following the recent sharp increase in Covid-19 cases across Solihull since the Bank Holiday weekend, a drive through Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) has now opened in Monkspath Hall Road car park, close to Solihull town centre.

People can only get a free test at the MTU if they have Covid-19 symptoms: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. It is important not to get a test if you do not have symptoms, unless you have been specifically directed to have one, to make sure that tests are available for anyone who needs one.

Tests must be booked via the online national NHS booking system or by calling 119. No one should turn up without a booking.

The MTU will be at the back end of Monkspath Hall Road car park, close to Park View Day Centre until Friday 18 September. If the infection rates remain high, the MTU will remain in place for longer. The site will open to booked appointments from 10.30am-3.30pm daily and signs will be in place to direct drivers to the facility.

Residents are reminded to keep following the rules to keep the infection rate down. Please keep social distancing, hand washing and wearing face coverings where required.

Anyone testing positive will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Ruth Tennant, Director of Public Health, said “Testing is an important tool we have to control the spread of the virus. But it’s also essential that anyone with COVID symptoms self-isolates for 10 days from when their symptoms first started. The test tells you if you have COVID but it’s the self-isolation that stops it spreading.”

Further information on self-isolation is available on the government website here.


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