Covid-19 testing centre in Leamington will soon be reducing its opening hours due to drop in demand

Warwickshire County Council has said the Coronavirus testing centre in Lillington's opening hours from Monday to Friday will be reduced in a couple of weeks' time due to a reduction in cases and a reduction in people using the site

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 1:22 pm

The rapid Coronavirus testing centre in Leamington is reducing its opening hours due to a decrease in demand, Warwickshire County Council has said.

The council has said there is now widespread availability of free home testing kits in Warwickshire, with 100 pharmacies stocking them for easy collection.

Test kits can also be booked online to be delivered directly to people's doors by visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-testTesting is also supported through schools and health and care settings and around 600 Warwickshire businesses are also supplying tests for more than 73,000 employees.

The rapid Covid-19 test centre in Pund Lane, Lillington, Leamington.

Subsequently, from Monday May 24 the testing site in Pound Lane, Lillington, will now be open on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

It is currently open on seven days a week.

Shade Agboola, The director of public health for the county council, said: "“Testing remains a key tool in our armoury as we move into the next phase out of lockdown, but with access to tests now increased through workplace testing, care homes, booking online or by picking a test kit from your local pharmacy, the demand for community testing has significantly reduced.

"Therefore, it makes perfect sense for our test centres to adapt to the change in the way residents are accessing testing.

“In addition to our test sites we also have a mobile test service which visits different locations around the county each day. The unit can also be used to respond to case rises in local communities, so a fast response can be provided to test, trace and isolate any potential cases.

“Testing for those without symptoms of Covid-19 is still advised twice weekly for anyone leaving home for work, to shop or to socialise.

"If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test at any of the NHS test sites by booking online at www.NHS.gov.uk or by calling 119.”

To find out more about testing for those without symptoms of Covid-19 or to find your nearest test centre visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk