New testing centre for Lower Gornal
A new coronavirus testing centre is being set up on the Royal British Legion car park on Ruiton Street, Lower Gornal this week following community feedback.
The new centre will boost testing capacity in the north of the borough as cases continue to rise. It replaces the temporary site formerly located on a section of the Bilston Street Car Park in Sedgley which will close on Thursday evening (8 July).
The new test site will be open from 9am on Friday 9 July, but appointments must be booked in advance by calling 119, or online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
The testing centre will be open 9am-6pm, seven days a week initially for the next two weeks. It can be accessed by car or on foot.
The site is for people with COVID-19 symptoms, those who generally feeling unwell or people who think they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or anyone instructed to get a PCR test.
The centre is being set up in response to an increase of cases in the Gornal area and will help track any undetected COVID-19 cases to prevent further spread of the virus.
Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:
This new test centre is a more popular location for this facility and it will allow us to give people in the north of the borough a dedicated testing facility.
The site is for pre-booked appointments only, people can still access a range of other testing centres and options via the council website
Other sites for PCR testing can still be accessed across Dudley borough and home testing kits can also be ordered online. More information can be found at www.dudley.gov.uk/testsites
People should still be lateral flow testing (LFT) twice a week, washing hands, wearing a face covering, meeting outdoors where possible, adhering to social distancing guidelines, and getting the vaccine when offered. Find out more at www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus