SOLIHULL’S first Covid community testing hub has opened on the High Street.
The hub, located next to Halifax Bank, is another way for residents to get rapid tests, either by taking one there and then (under 18’s will need a parent or guardian with them) or by collecting a supply of tests to do at home.
This is an accessible, walk-in service for people without symptoms and no appointment is required, simply turn up during opening hours and speak to a member of staff who can guide you through the testing process.
The testing centre at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre closed on Friday (May 14).
Residents can still book a test at Newington Resource Centre which is open Monday to Friday.
Ruth Tennant, Solihull’s director of public health said: “As we approach the next step in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we can be cautiously optimistic that we are on the road to the ‘new normal’.
“However, there are things we all need to do to remain on track. One crucial action is to continue to get tested for Covid even if you have had one or both doses of the vaccine. This is because people can still transmit the virus even if they themselves have some level of protection.
“I hope that this new community testing hub in the heart of Solihull town centre will allow local businesses and shoppers to pop in and quickly get a test or collect rapid Covid tests at their convenience.
“Moving forward the Hub will also be able to provide general health and wellbeing advice for residents as we begin to carefully return outdoors and mix with others.”
To contact the hub for test result or general test enquiries at this site, please phone 07554 225531 (line open during the above opening hours).
The hub is open between 8am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and 10am until 3.30pm on Sunday.
Remember to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and maintain social distancing when entering the Hub. You may have to queue, so please follow the signs of where to do this.