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Two Sefton COVID test sites, in Crosby and Netherton, being dismantled this week

This week, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will be dismantling the former COVID testing sites at Crosby Library and Netherton Activity Centre.

Additional vehicles

Work to demobilise the sites on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th April is likely to mean additional vehicles around both sites, which could cause some short-term delays.

Netherton Activity Centre will remain open and Leisure Centre users are not expected to be affected by the work. Crosby Road Car Park will, however, be closed.

Both sites are scheduled to be officially handed back to Sefton Council on Tuesday 19th April.

Plan

All Sefton COVID testing sites for people with and without coronavirus symptoms were closed by 1st April in line with the Government’s ‘Living with COVID’ plan, which saw free testing for people without symptoms end.

Some people can still access free rapid lateral flow tests if they work for the NHS or in social care, are going into hospital, or if they are at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Details of groups that can still access testing and guidance can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus

People with coronavirus symptoms can book a PCR test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or calling 119.

Symptoms

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in adults can include:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours;
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste;
  • shortness of breath;
  • feeling tired or exhausted;
  • an aching body;
  • a headache;
  • a sore throat;
  • a blocked or runny nose;
  • loss of appetite;
  • diarrhoea;
  • feeling sick or being sick.

Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, Margaret Jones, is still stressing that to be full protected from COVID, adults need to have had two jabs and a booster.

To find more local vaccination sites in Sefton, people can visit the NHS South Sefton CCG website at www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/get-informed/latest-news/walk-in-or-book-a-covid-19-vaccine

To find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine, who is eligible, and to book an appointment online through the national booking system, people should visit the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine .