Mobile testing centre returns to Wigan
A mobile coronavirus testing unit will arrive in Wigan this weekend, giving public sector key workers the opportunity to get tested closer to home.
The service, which will be operated by military personnel, will be open between Friday 12th June and Sunday 14th June on an appointment-only basis. Those eligible for testing are public sector key workers, for example health staff, foster carer and environmental staff, who are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, said: “I’d like to thank our Covid-19 response team for securing the mobile testing unit for Wigan. Having a local unit will help support our key workers to get tested quickly allowing them to return to their essential roles if they are safe to do so.”
The unit, which will be based at Robin Park, will support the existing sites currently available to keyworkers at Haydock Park and Manchester Airport. It is one of 100 mobile coronavirus testing units travelling across the country to areas where there is high demand for tests, or where it is difficult for people to go to their nearest regional drive-through site.
Access to the unit will be from Anjou Boulevard, with a one-way system in place. There will be no access to pedestrians during this time.
Those not visiting the site to be tested are asked to avoid the Robin Park Leisure Centre and Arena area when the unit is operational.
Test results will be returned within 48 hours of swabs being taken.
Book an appointment for a coronavirus test if you are an essential worker (external link).
Posted on Thursday 11th June 2020