17 Sep 2020

A mobile testing unit will be based in Earlestown on Thursday 17th September and in Rainhill on Friday 18th September as a result of a continued rise in coronavirus cases in the borough.

A mobile testing unit (MTU) will be available at Fairclough Street Car Park in Earlestown on Thursday 17th September and at the former Eccleston Park golf club car park on Friday 18th September. 

Both facilties can accommodate cars and are operating strictly by appointment only. The MTUs have been brought into the area as part of the response to the rise in cases seen in the borough. 

Only people with these symptoms - new, continuous cough; high temperature or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste – should book a test. 

Tests are by appointment only -  anyone who attempts to turn up at the testing facility without an appointment will be turned away.  

You can apply for a test online at https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name or by calling NHS 119.

Bookings come online throughout the day to manage demand so if you cannot get a test appointment immediately please keep trying.

The site will be slightly altered to relieve some traffic issues experienced in the area with the exit of the site now becoming the entrance. 

Sue Forster, Director of Public Health in St Helens, said: "We know that this situation is a difficult time for people. Through testing we can understand more about the scale of this situation and how the virus is behaving, which will help us to bring normal life back again. 

"Mobile testing sites help us to prioritise, by adding additional capacity for a short time where it will have the most benefit.” 

A time slot and the location of the mobile unit will be provided upon booking. Instructions on how to take the test and how and when people they will receive their results will be provided when taking the test. People without a booking will be turned away - without exception. 

Alternatively there is testing available at Haydock Park Racecourse which is also available to book through the same channels. 

Residents are reminded of the need to ensure social distancing, wearing of face coverings, hand washing and the need to self-isolate if someone in the household has symptoms to protect the virus spreading to the most vulnerable.