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New mobile testing unit in Sheffield set to help stop the spread of Covid-19
Sheffield City Council is encouraging people to get tested in our effort to combat the spread of the virus in our city.
To make testing easier and more accessible for people a new mobile testing facility is being introduced in Sheffield to help people across the city access testing more easily. To enable this to happen we are putting in place an additional mobile testing unit in Sheffield and exploring more ways in which we can support our communities to get tested.
People should only book 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 mobile test centre listed below.
An additional unit will be at the Olympic Legacy Park Car Park, off the B6085, Worksop Road, S9 3TL.
Testing will be available to the public between Saturday 11th - Friday 17th July
Tests can be booked online at nhs.co.uk/Coronavirus, however we do accept walk-ins so you can attend without an appointment.
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.
If you have any of the following symptoms, call 119 or book to arrange a test:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Our aim is to make it easier for people to access a testing facility so we can prevent transmission of the virus in our communities. To enable this we are working in partnership with community organisations across the city to do further work to increase access to testing.
Director of Public Health at Sheffield City Council Greg Fell said:
“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 .
“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 and when you can’t keep a safe distance from others.
With this new mobile testing facility we are making it easier for people to access, so if you have symptoms you can walk in for a test without an appointment.
Together we can help keep our communities safe by getting tested if we have symptoms.
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