Wyre Coronavirus testing site FAQ's
Where is the coronavirus testing site in Wyre?
Currently there is one permanent testing site in Wyre and it is located on the Albert Street car park, Fleetwood just off the northern end of Lord Street near St Peter's Church and the clock tower. The full address is Albert Street car park, Albert Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AH.
When will the site be set up?
The site became operational on Friday 27 November 2020. We expect it to remain in place and operational for around 6 months, however this is subject to change.
Why has this location been chosen
The site has been chosen by the NHS and other partners due to the fact it is a large, open space with relatively easy access and does not suffer with any flooding issues.
Can I get tested even though I don't have any symptoms?
Anyone feeling unwell or worried they may have coronavirus should get a free test for COVID-19 by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk. You should self isolate immediately to stop the spread of the virus.
The three main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
However, there are other wider symptoms of coronavirus outlined by the World Health Organisation including a persistent headache and diarrhoea, so you should get a test if you feel in any way unwell.
When you are booking a test, if you don't have the three main symptoms, simply say you don't. A few clicks later on the website, you can then choose the option which says: "My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms". If you don't have the three classic symptoms, but feel unwell, please tick this option.
Can I turn up without an appointment
Is the site a walk-through or drive-through testing facility?
The site is a walk-through only facility, though there will be a limited number of parking spaces available for visitors to the test centre.
I live locally to the site, can I expect any noise disruption?
Electricity generators are needed to power equipment at the site. Unfortunately, this is the only way the site can get power, and every effort has been made to ensure these are placed as far away from any residential homes as possible to minimise any disruption caused .
Operational hours are:
Open 8am to 12pm for booked test appointments
Open 1.30pm – 7.30pm for collection of test kits for families and support bubbles of those at school.
The testing site will be manned 24 hours a day with security on site.
I live locally to the site and am concerned that people with coronavirus will be in close proximity to my home?
The testing site has been chosen by the NHS and partners as it is far enough away from residential homes so that there is no increased risk to local residents from anyone visiting the site who goes on to test positive for coronavirus. People attending the site must follow government safety guidance including wearing a face mask at the site, unless they are exempt, adhering to all social distancing rules and continuing to follow self-isolation rules outside of the test site. They will also be asked to immediately leave the site following their test.
What about increased traffic around the testing site?
Whilst every effort is made to control the amount of traffic around the area, there may well be times when traffic seems heavier than usual for the area. A strict number of tests can be booked though the appointment system, limiting the traffic to be expected. We will continue to monitor the traffic implications with support from Lancashire County Council.
Where can I share some concerns I have about the running of the facility?
You can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org , through our social media pages on Facebook or Twitter, or via telephone 01253 891000; however please be aware that currently wait times to speak to an advisor can be longer than usual.
What happens when I turn up at the site for my test?
There is lots of directional signage to help you navigate the site, as well as staff present to guide you through the process whilst you are there.
What does the test involve?
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.
Do I have to live in Wyre to visit the test centre?
Although we anticipate that it will be mainly Wyre residents using the site, it will be available to our neighbouring towns and cities to access a test.
Who is in charge of the site?
The site facility is owned and run by the NHS Track and Trace Service with little involvement from the Council other than providing the car park it is set up on. You can however contact us on the above details should you have any concerns and we can contact the organisers for a response.
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