New appointment-only COVID testing site now open

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 18 December 2020

A NEW appointment-only walk-in coronavirus testing centre has opened today on the site of a Holliers Walk car park.

Pictured: The new testing site (Supplied by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council to The Hinckley Free Press)

The new COVID-19 testing site opened at 2pm this afternoon (December 18) – tests are only available on a appointment-only basis for residents showing high symptoms of the coronavirus who have booked in advance.

The land was last used as a public car park back in the afternoon on Thursday 10 December. On the same day, renovation works to transform the car park into a coronavirus testing site commenced at 6pm in the evening and remained off limits to the public until its re-opening with a new purpose today.

The car park was chosen as the site because it is easily-accessible to those who need to attend to their appointment without a car – whilst the Council don’t manage the site, they have a say in facilitating what locations should become sites.

Visitors attending to their appointments at the newly-opened site will be asked to confirm their identity on arrival and will then be issued with a test kit and directed to a testing booth.

In the testing booth, guidance will be given on how to self-administer a swab test, and then they shall take swabs from the nose and mouth.

Once the test is completed, a testing assistant will help users register their test online and exit the site.

Visitors will then receive their test results the day after taking the test.

Residents attending to use the site must adhere to all social distancing rules that have been put in place, and wear their face coverings before attending to their test, throughout their test, and leaving once the test has finished.

Visitors attending to their appointments by car are being asked to park in any one of the long-stay car parks on Druid Street, Lower Bond Street, and Alma Road.

Those feeling unwell and showing symptoms of the coronavirus, such as a high temperature, continuous cough, or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, can make appointments by calling 119 or do so online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

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