North East Lincolnshire Council has confirmed the new local testing site for Covid 19 will be operational in Grimsby from Saturday this week.
As part of the rollout of a national network of diagnostic testing facilities, the Council and public health colleagues negotiated for a local site to be established on the Duchess Street Car Park in Grimsby.
This site has been in use on occasions for some of the COVID-19 mobile testing units since June, but this has only been available on selected days each month. However, from this weekend, testing will be available every day for local people.
The site was chosen following discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care to establish these sites in areas of the country where access to regional testing centres, such as the one at the Humber Bridge, can be difficult for residents who don’t have access to vehicles.
Council Leader Philip Jackson welcomed the opening: “Everyone in North East Lincolnshire has played their part in tackling Covid, and as we see cases start to rise across the country, I’m sure our residents will appreciate having somewhere local to go and be tested if necessary.
“But while people with symptoms absolutely must come forward to get a test to help us stop the spread of the virus, it’s also important that as we manage this period of high demand, if you don’t have symptoms, and have not specifically been advised to take a test, then please don’t come forward for one because they could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it.”
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should request a test by either calling 119 or using the NHS COVID-19 app on your smartphone.
The site is expected to be operational from 8am to 8pm each day from Sunday 4 October.