This is a message from Paul Satoor, Chief Executive of Wirral Borough Council:
I can advise that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) are working with Wirral Council and Wirral CCG to offer COVID-19 testing for specific key workers and other individuals with symptoms of the virus, at a mobile testing site in Bidston Park and Ride.
In addition to existing regional COVID-19 testing facilities for key workers, this site will operate, strictly by appointment only, from Thursday 30 April – Saturday 2 May between the hours of 11am – 3pm.
The site will offer up to 250 ‘self-swab’ tests per day over the three-day period to specified key workers and individuals with symptoms of Coronavirus.
The following key workers and individuals are eligible for this testing:
all essential workers as defined by the Government including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (see the full list of essential workers as defined by Gov.ukhere).
anyone over 65 with symptoms
anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers) with symptoms.
Please note: Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and who lives in the same household as a key worker as identified above may also be tested.
For all of the above, testing should take place in the first five days of the onset of COVID-19 symptoms (fever or new and persistent cough).
Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for testing can book a test via this link. I understand that the Bidston site will be added in due course.
Further operational information for this site:
The tests are self-administered meaning that eligible individuals will be required to carry out their own test, supported and facilitated by the MOD.
5-18 year olds can be tested at the mobile testing site, these swabs will need to be taken by the parent or guardian.
Test results will be received by text within 72 hours.
The facility will accommodate individuals arriving by car and on-foot with strict social distancing measures remaining place at all times.
Please direct any queries regarding the testing site to email@example.com.
The full location of the mobile site is not for wider circulation but members of the public may become aware of this given the visibility of the site.
Plans remain ongoing to widen the availability of testing to Wirral key workers on a more permanent basis and an update will be provided as soon as is possible.
I would ask you to please use your contacts to share the booking link in relevant groups and support in ensuring that the facility is utilised.
Please stay safe.