COVID-19 mobile testing unit available this week – 1st – 4th October 2020

COVID-19 mobile testing unit available this week – 1st – 4th October 2020

A mobile coronavirus testing unit will be based in Ormskirk on Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October from 10.30am to 3.30pm to provide testing for any West Lancs residents who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

This will be based at: Edge Hill University, St Helens Rd, Ormskirk L39 4QP.

Another testing unit will be in Skelmersdale on Saturday 3 October and Sunday 4 October from 10.30am to 3.30pm for West Lancashire residents.

This will be based at: West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6DX.

Testing to this site will be available to members of the public travelling by vehicle.

For any members of the public displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and wanting to apply for a test, please visit the NHS.uk dedicated COVID-19 testing site alternatively you can dial 119. Translation services are available on this number. You must book in advance in order to get a test, and you will only be able to book from the previous evening.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, then you must self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started and arrange to have a test. This means that you must not go to work, school, university or public places – work from home if you can.

If you live with someone who has tested positive, someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive, or you are told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace then you’ll also need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Further information on COVID-19 symptoms and what to do if you display symptoms are available here.

The latest information  on where people are required to wear facecoverings is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own.

A permanent testing site is also available in Haydock, and tests can be booked through the NHS.uk dedicated COVID-19 testing site. Alternatively you can dial 119.