A dedicated walk-through Covid-19 testing site in Crewe is now open to pre-booked appointments.
The semi-permanent site, known as a Local Testing Site (LTS) is located on Chester Street car park and offers bespoke walk-through appointments.
The site is the second largest testing facility to open in the North West, second to testing facilities in Manchester. There are 19 testing pods available and the site has the capacity to carry out 500 tests a day.
Open from 8am until 8pm, the site offers improved access for the whole community, especially those who do not have access to a car or should not be using public transport because they have symptoms.
Appointments must be booked in advance via the national booking facility, no walk-up appointments will be available. Users will be asked to self-swab when attending.
Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health for Cheshire East Council, said:
The local testing site in Crewe is now fully operational and available for residents to pre-book an appointment online.
We have worked with the national testing team to secure the best provision for Cheshire East, which is reflected in this new site being the second biggest testing facility in the North West. This is great news for our residents.
Each appointment is allocated a 30-minute slot and residents swab themselves and their family members in the privacy of their own pod. Staff are on hand throughout the appointment to give clear advice and guidance on what to do and where to go, in an efficient and relaxed environment.
Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health said
I am delighted that we have been able to secure this local testing site facility so our residents and workers will have even greater access to testing should have any Covid-19 symptoms.
Residents with symptoms of Covid-19 are able to book a test at the Crewe testing site via the national Covid-19 online booking facility.
The LTS will be open for several months to ensure that accessible testing is continually available to people within their communities. The site is one of a number of such sites being set up across Cheshire and Merseyside.