Mobile unit adds to Fylde's Covid test options

Fylde Council has increased its lateral flow testing capacity with the addition of a new mobile testing unit.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 12:30 pm

The van will be placed in strategic locations across the borough to carry out regular asymptomatic testing within the community.

Its first location today is the car park at B&Q at Whitehills Retail Park, Peel, just inside the Fylde border, and it will be there every Tuesday from 9.30am until 4pm.

Other locations are being considered to complement the SMART testing centres in Kirkham, Lytham and St Annes.

Fylde's new mobile Covid lateral flow test unit
Fylde's new mobile Covid lateral flow test unit

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Richard Hurt, Fylde Council’s health Protection practitioner, said: “As we progress along the national roadmap to unlocking it is really important that people test regularly to ensure they aren’t asymptomatically carrying the virus.

“We want to offer people as many opportunities as possible to be tested and this van is the latest in a long line of testing initiatives launched by Fylde Council.

“There are plans in the pipeline to secure regular locations across the borough so that anyone who doesn’t have symptoms can attend for regular testing at a time and place convenient to them.

Richard Hurt, Fylde Council’s health Protection practitioner, at the mobile unit with SMART tester Rachel Higginbotham

“This supports the national strategy where anyone can order lateral flow tests online or collect them from pharmacies and other locations.

“If people have symptoms, or are generally feeling unwell they must be tested at one of the five PCR testing sites in Fylde.

“The infection rate in Fylde is low and decreasing, so we must all play our part to ensure we keep our community safe by stopping the virus in its tracks.

"Regular testing means we can continue to get back to doing all the things we love."

As with the other SMART testing centres, no appointment is necessary and the council is keen for people to attend weekly if possible.

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