Solution found to Grimsby’s testing trouble

Solution found to Grimsby's testing trouble

Solution found to Grimsby’s testing trouble

North East Lincolnshire Council have announced that Grimsby is to get a local Covid-19 testing site in early October.

The news follows ongoing difficulties experienced by residents attempting to secure appointments to be tested, with many being directed to centres hundreds of miles away.

The centre will be established on the Duchess Street Car Park.

While the site has been in use by a mobile testing unit since June, this recent development will see a static testing centre established, with appointments available every day, rather than on select days each month.

It is hoped that this latest decision will help people who would find difficult to access centres at Humber Bridge or Lincoln.

Welcoming the new arrangement, Council Leader Philip Jackson said:

“Everyone in North East Lincolnshire has played their part in tackling Covid and this news is further evidence of us all working together to ensure local people are safe.

“I’m sure our residents will be pleased to know they’ll have somewhere local to go and be tested if necessary.

“But while people with symptoms absolutely must come forward to get a test to help us stop the spread of the virus, it’s also important that as we manage this period of high demand, if you don’t have symptoms, and have not specifically been advised to take a test, then please don’t come forward for one because they could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it.”

A site survey is expected to take place at the end of this month.

Construction will begin on October 1, with a pilot exercise before the station is fully operational.

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