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New Covid-19 testing station arrangements

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Friday, 9 October, 2020
The current community testing station in Centenary Way (opposite the bus station) will cease operation at 3.30pm on Sunday (11th October).
 
A new testing station, operating extended hours, will take its place. It will run on an appointment only basis. Further details on where it will be and its opening hours will be announced shortly.
 
In the interim people can still be tested at a mobile testing station at Turf Moor football ground. This is by appointment only, booking either online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.
 
The new testing station at Centenary Way will be for people showing symptoms and will be operated as part of the Government's national system. The same arrangements as the current Turf Moor site will apply - you will be able to book a free test by calling 119 or online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
 
You will also be able to book a test through the Government's new Covid contract tracing app, which is now available. Find out more: www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-covid-19
 
Burnley Council leader Councillor Mark Townsend said: "The walk-in service has proved popular but I'm sure the new facility will be flexible and responsive to residents' needs. It's essential that any testing facility is 
backed up by a far more effective test and trace system than has been the case to date.
 
"We need to keep testing people to help tackle this awful pandemic and this permanent station will help protect our residents. I'd like to thank everyone who has worked so hard at the community testing station over these past months. Burnley has consistently provided the highest number of tests in the county and the dedication of staff and their efforts to help save people's lives is something we should all be very grateful for."
 
Similar Government-run stations are also being set up elsewhere in Lancashire.
 
The Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) is overseeing and co-ordinating the county's multi-agency response to the pandemic.
 
Neil Jack, chair of the Regional Co-ordination Group on the LRF, said: "These new testing sites should make it easier for people to get tested by offering regular slots in local areas. You will need to book, rather than just walk in, but this should also help to manage capacity much more."
 
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire, said: "We've been informed by the Department of Health and Social Care that we will not be able to order any more VTN test kits for delivery after 11th October. This means that our five community testing sites will cease by 11th October.
 

"A big thank you to all volunteers and the 133 staff who were involved in a variety of roles. We have done almost 39,000 tests so far through the five community testing stations, which have supported the national testing programme in a range of weather conditions. The teams have dealt with the situation with good humour, flexibility and at short notice."

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