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Council announces three new Covid-19 local testing units
Sheffield City Council is putting in place an additional three new local testing units to help prevent the spread of the virus in the city and our local communities.
To make testing easier and more accessible we are putting the additional local testing units in local settings so we can support our communities to get tested for free. Our aim is to make it easier for people to access a testing facility, working in partnership with community organisations across the city so we can prevent transmission of the virus in our communities.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you need to arrange a free test:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
People should only take a test if they have symptoms of Covid-19. Tests can be arranged by calling 119, can be booked online here or you can walk-in at the local test centre as you can attend without an appointment. The first unit will be based at Alderson Road Car Park in Sharrow, open from Wednesday 29 July between 2pm-5pm and Thursday 30 July between 10am-5pm. From Friday 31 July, the unit will be operating regular hours of 8am-8pm for a three month period, allowing people with symptoms to get tested.
The next two planned local testing units will be installed in the areas of Darnall and Burngreave. More information will be released shortly on exact locations and dates of when these will be open to the public.
Testing is a vital part in our fight against the spread of Covid-19 in our city and to help reduce the rate of people contracting the virus, we need your help. If you are showing symptoms, however mild, you need to get tested as soon as you can.
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said:
“Sheffield is determined to respond seriously to the continued Coronavirus crisis in our city.
“We welcome the arrival of a community testing hub and we encourage anyone with symptoms, however mild, to go and be tested for themselves and their loved ones.”
Director of Public Health at Sheffield City Council, Greg Fell, said:
“Firstly, I want to reassure people that we have a very clear understanding of the situation in Sheffield with a plan in place to respond to the changing picture promptly. The health and safety of the city’s residents remains our priority.
“Whilst we have seen a reduction in the number of cases we must remain vigilant and testing is one way of helping us contain any potential spread of the virus.
“But, in order to reduce the rate of people contracting the virus, we need your help. We know there are people with mild symptoms that do not get tested, so please, if you have symptoms, arrange for a test.”
What to expect when you attend a local testing unit
- The swab test takes less than a minute and is pain free and free of charge.
- Results from tests taken at test sites are received the next day.
- Testing is available for all groups in society, including vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. We are continuously improving the testing service so that testing is accessible to all.
- Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely.
- Book your test online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. Whilst we are able to accommodate un-booked attendance, for reasons of ensuring swab availability and for safety of attendees, we strongly recommend pre-booking.
- Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.
Greg Fell added:
“UK-wide, it is clear we are out of the first wave of the Coronavirus, but it is far from over. We have to learn to live with it as we will see a rapid spread again if we are not careful. By careful we mean, continuing to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser, keep your distance and wearing a face covering if you are travelling on public transport or entering an enclosed space such as shops, including supermarkets.
“Most importantly, if you are feeling poorly or think you have symptoms, no matter how mild, you must stay at home and contact NHS test and trace to arrange a test.
“Our message is simple, COVID-19 has not gone away and we need our communities’ support in stopping the spread and to help protect our loved ones.”
The Council’s focus throughout the pandemic has been to keep people safe, protect the most vulnerable and reopen the city as and when it has been safe to do so. This still remains the case and these continue to be at the forefront of all the decisions we make.
We can all do our bit to help prevent the spread of the virus by:
- Staying at home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild (this is what makes the most difference). We know that 50% of people with symptoms don’t stay at home so this is the biggest difference you can make.
- If you have symptoms, GET A TEST
- If you are asked to isolate, it does mean you must stay at home.
- Keep your distance, 2m where possible
- Wash your hands with soap and hot water
- Wear a face covering (if you can) when using public transport, entering shops and when you can’t keep a safe distance from others.
We are working with local community groups to deliver the local testing site information and to support community testing in each area.
Together we can help keep our communities safe by getting tested if we have symptoms.