Aintree SMART testing centre closes as demand for Home Testing kits grow
Sefton’s SMART COVID-19 testing centre at Aintree Racecourse is closing at 6pm on Friday 30th April.
However, SMART tests that will provide a result in as little as 30 minutes, will still be available, 8am to 8pm, seven days a week at Bootle Leisure Centre, Bootle Town Hall (Oriel Road) and at Southport’s Splash World.
In addition, rapid test kits are now easily available for home use. A rapid coronavirus test involves taking a throat & nasal swab, dropping the sample into the container supplied and then checking for the result after 20 to 30 minutes.
Residents can collect kits from Bootle Town Hall or Splash World in Southport between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. No appointments are needed.
And they can be collected from walk-through Local Test Centres opposite Bootle Town Hall and at Crosby Library Car Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall between 2.30pm and 8pm, seven days a week. No appointments are needed.
They can be also be collected from any Sefton pharmacy and ordered online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.
Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “With around a third of people with coronavirus not showing the tell-tale symptoms of a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell, rapid tests can help prevent them spreading the virus accidentally.
“With more people returning to their workplaces and the relaxing of national lockdown restrictions I would recommend anyone who is regularly out and about, meeting up with friends and family outside or going for a drink or meal at a pub or restaurant, to take a rapid test as often as twice a week.”
Anyone who is less confident about taking the test at home can choose to go for an assisted test at Sefton’s Bootle Leisure Centre or Southport Splash World SMART test sites.
Mrs Jones added: “While rapid tests will help prevent the spread of infection by finding those invisible, no-symptom cases it is important that anyone who does show coronavirus symptoms or does gets a positive test self-isolates for 10 days and immediately books a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus .”
Eligible people who test positive are entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace.