Litherland Sports Park

After several successful sessions in Southport and Maghull, Litherland will play host to its first Coronavirus Mobile Test Centre this week.

Located at Litherland Sports Park on Wednesday June 3, Thursday June 4 and Friday June 5, the site will provide clinical diagnosis tests that tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Tests will be available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/test-type.

Through the Government’s new NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

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Those people identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test result will then be required to stay at home for 14 days. They must do this even if they do not have symptoms, to prevent them spreading the virus without knowing.

People in isolation who develop symptoms can book their own test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

Last week, the Government announced it was starting to provide Antibody tests, which indicates whether someone has previously had the virus but this is currently only for NHS workers and patients.

Almost 2,500 people have already been tested at Sefton Council’s previous Mobile Test Sites in Southport and Maghull.

Sefton Council leader Cllr Ian Maher said: “Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome Covid-19 and enable key workers who test negative to return to that work and I remain proud that we have achieved these numbers and that Southport was the first location for testing of this kind in Cheshire and Merseyside.

“This success continues to be the result of the close work between Sefton Council officers and colleagues in the health and other sectors and once again I thank them for this vital and life-saving work.”

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