Emergency drive-through coronavirus testing centre has been opened in Harborough

The appointment-only temporary unit will be in use for the next three days

By Red Williams
Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 2:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 2:40 pm

An emergency drive-through coronavirus testing centre has been opened at Harborough Leisure Centre.

The appointment-only temporary unit is being operated for the next three days in the sports complex’s car park on Northampton Road, Market Harborough.

The centre is being run by army personnel and had seen about 30 key workers and people aged over 65 by lunchtime on Wednesday.

An emergency drive-through coronavirus testing centre has been opened at Harborough Leisure Centre.

A spokeswoman for the clinical commissioning groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland said: “On May 1 a coronavirus testing centre opened at Birstall Park and Ride for eligible people.

“As part of the local plans, it was agreed that further mobile test units would also be opened in line with local demand.

“Harborough District Council kindly agreed to make the car park available at Harborough Leisure Centre for a mobile test unit that has opened today Wednesday.”

She added: “The mobile sites are only in place for a few days at a time.

“People should not go there unless they have booked an appointment and are eligible to be tested.

“Some employers will choose to refer their employees for a test using an employer referral portal or people can refer themselves by visiting www.gov.uk/coronavirus

“They will then be able to book a test online at any of the available locations at the time.

“The full list of people who are eligible to be tested can be found on the Government website www.gov.uk/coronavirus”

According to the Government’s website you can apply for a Covid-19 test if you are:

· An essential worker with coronavirus symptoms

· Aged 65 or over with coronavirus symptoms

· Someone who cannot work from home and has coronavirus symptoms (for example, construction workers or delivery drivers).

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can apply if they live with an essential worker, a person aged 65 or over or someone who travels to work.

You can also apply for a test if you have a clinical referral from NHS 111 online.

Coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.