A NEW walk-through Covid test site to serve the north of the Solihull has been opened following the pilot drop and collect testing service in Chelmsley Wood.
Located at the Roundmead Day Centre, postcode B37 5BU, to the right of Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre, it will run until the end of December.
If infection rates remain high, the test site will remain in place for longer.
As with the drop and collect service, Roundmead is for those with and without symptoms. Those with booked appointments will be able to take a test on site, in privacy.
Tests must be booked by calling 0121 704 6918. No one should turn up without a booking.
The site will initially open from 10am to 12midday Monday to Friday but these hours may be extended if there is an increase in demand.
People are asked not use public transport to travel to the site, if they are symptomatic.
Anyone testing positive as part of this service will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts.
The regional testing site at Birmingham Airport and the Mobile Testing Unit at Monkspath Hall Road will remain open as normal. Appointments at these sites must be booked via the online national booking system or by calling 119. No one should turn up without a booking.
Ruth Tennant, Solihull’s director of public health, said: “It’s great news that we can now offer an accessible testing site in the north of the borough. It also means that residents unable to use a drive-through testing site because they do not have a car can now get a test.
“Testing will continue to be key to understanding the spread of the virus and identifying those who are infected and we are looking to develop further sites across the borough to ensure that as many people who need a test can get one, quickly.
“I would also like to remind people that it’s not just about getting a test but also what you do if you receive a positive result. Please don’t go out and don’t go to work.
“It is now a legal requirement to self-isolate and there is financial and other support available to help people to do this – further information about what help is available here. If you do get Covid, our team will be in contact to make sure you know what help is out there.”