Frontline staff urged to use symptom-free Covid test centres
Liverpool’s testing centres for people without coronavirus symptoms are now being targeted for use by frontline workers during the lockdown.
The sites are available to be used by all of those all of those who cannot work from home and have to have physical contact with others because of the nature of their roles. Examples include:
NHS and care workers
Students who are returning to University and unpaid carers are also included.
Director of Public Health, Matthew Ashton, said: “Our lateral flow testing centres have proved hugely popular over the Christmas and New Year period, with over 31,000 tests carried out in the last week.
“However, in the light of the new lockdown which means most people should be working from home and strictly limiting their trips outside, we are now asking that the centres are used by people who are on the frontline in essential roles.
“This will give them some reassurance that they are clear of the virus, and an early indication if they have contracted it before they develop symptoms. Those who do test positive should have it confirmed with a follow-up PCR test.”
Anyone who has coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste and smell – should not go to one of the centres but should self-isolate immediately and book a test at a PCR site by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.