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Sefton will have region’s first two walk-through COVID-19 test centres, in Bootle & Southport, from Thursday

From Thursday 6 August, people across Sefton Borough can benefit from two, walk-through Local Testing Sites for coronavirus.

The first, located opposite Bootle Town Hall opened last week and the second, at Southport Town Hall, opens on Thursday.

The two sites, which are the first in Merseyside, will improve access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have coronavirus symptoms and should not travel by public transport. Each test Centre has between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour. Users will be asked to self-swab when attending.

Unlike the three-day Mobile Units, which people have already used to take over 7,000 tests at Sefton’s five locations, the Local Testing Sites in Bootle and Southport will be open for several months.

To use the walk-through process, people first need to book a test.

You can do this online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119 or Sefton Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845.

In Bootle, the site is in the parking area opposite the Town Hall. In Southport, access to the Town Hall Test Centre is via the Corporation Street entrance.

There is on-street pay-and-display parking nearby for those people travelling to the Local Testing Sites by car.

Find out more with our Guide to the walk-through testing process.

More information on visiting a Local Testing Site is available in this YouTube video

At the launch of the Bootle site, Sefton Council leader, Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said: “We have been working very closely with colleagues in the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside and the Department for Health and Social Care to ensure that we have the most accessible testing facilities for the people of Sefton, when and where they need them.

“I am delighted that we have been able to secure the first ever Local Testing Site facilities in Cheshire and Merseyside and that people will have even greater access to testing should people feel unwell.

“We have a fairly unique borough, which is both long and narrow, so being able to secure a Local Testing Site for both Southport and Bootle is a really good result. We will continue to work closely to ensure that all of the testing availability is used in the best possible way to help keep Sefton safe as we look to support the recovery of our area and the local economy.”

Regional Testing Director for Cheshire and Merseyside, Terry Whalley, said: “This additional capacity is great for Sefton and the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside.

“Having two semi-permanent Local Testing Sites  in Sefton means that we will be able to use other testing facilities more flexibly and be able to deploy them in a more targeted way in the future. This will help the Director of Public Health, and other professionals have a greater say in how testing is used and deployed locally.

“Having this extra capacity, more permanently, means that we can respond and react in a much more targeted way with other testing resources, should we see local outbreaks or other urgent needs. Such decisions can now be made in the knowledge that there are testing sites in both Bootle and Southport to rely on day to day.

“We will carefully study the use of these new sites in Sefton as we look to roll out further testing capability across Cheshire and Merseyside in our bid to continue protecting lives and livelihoods.”

As well as  the Local Testing Sites, Mobile Testing Units are scheduled to be at locations across Sefton on most days in August.

Local Testing Site for Southport- Updated Statement

One of the first Local Testing Sites in Merseyside will be in Southport.

Southport Town Hall will host a walk-in test centre from 6th August.

Some neighbouring businesses had expressed concern about the location of the test centre and in particular the exit and entrance to the Test Centre being within the One Stop Shop via Cambridge Arcade.

Sefton Council have negotiated with the private sector providers working on behalf of the DHSC, and they have agreed to make some changes to the layout of the test centre, including how people enter and exit the building, which should address the concerns of local traders.  Access to the Test Centre will be via Corporation Street.

The availability of a semi-permanent test facility within walking distance of a large proportion of residents is vital to the country’s recovery from Covid-19.

It’s important that anyone who has the coronavirus symptoms of a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in their normal sense of taste or smell visits www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or calls 119 to book a test.

Local children are being asked to brighten up the test centre by sending in drawings, paintings, and other colourful artworks which will be displayed in the two test sites in Sefton (Bootle and Southport).  You can post completed masterpieces to Sefton Council, Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, L20 7AE, or email them to communications@sefton.gov.uk

Sefton hosting region’s first walk-through COVID-19 Local Testing Sites

People across Sefton will benefit from the opening of Cheshire and Merseyside’s first dedicated walk-through Covid-19 testing sites, in Bootle on Friday (31 July) and in Southport next week.

Walk-through Local Testing Sites improve access to COVID-19 tests for the whole community, especially those who do not have access to a car and those people who should not be using public transport because they have coronavirus symptoms.

Unlike the Mobile Units, which people have already used to take over 7,000 tests at Sefton’s five locations, Local Testing Sites will be open for several months. Each Site will have between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour. Users will be asked to self-swab when attending.

To use the walk-through process, people first need to book a test. You can do this online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 or Sefton Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845.

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said: “We have been working very closely with colleagues in the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside and the Department for Health and Social Care to ensure that we have the most accessible testing facilities for the people of Sefton, when and where they need them.

“I am delighted that we have been able to secure the first ever Local Testing Site facilities in Cheshire and Merseyside and that people will have even greater access to testing should people feel unwell.

“We have a fairly unique borough, which is both long and narrow, so being able to secure a Local Testing Site for both Southport and Bootle is a really good result. We will continue to work closely to ensure that all of the testing availability is used in the best possible way to help keep Sefton safe as we look to support the recovery of our area and the local economy.”

Regional Testing Director for Cheshire and Merseyside, Terry Whalley, said: “This additional capacity is great for Sefton and the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside.

“Having two semi-permanent Local Testing Sites  in Sefton means that we will be able to use other testing facilities more flexibly and be able to deploy them in a more targeted way in the future. This will help the Director of Public Health, and other professionals have a greater say in how testing is used and deployed locally.

“Having this extra capacity, more permanently, means that we can respond and react in a much more targeted way with other testing resources, should we see local outbreaks or other urgent needs. Such decisions can now be made in the knowledge that there are testing sites in both Bootle and Southport to rely on day to day.

“We will carefully study the use of these new sites in Sefton as we look to roll out further testing capability across Cheshire and Merseyside in our bid to continue protecting lives and livelihoods.”

People with coronavirus symptoms travelling to the Bootle Local Testing Site should not use public transport. There is on-street pay-and-display parking close to Bootle Town Hall for those people travelling to the Local Testing Site by car.

Mobile coronavirus testing units are scheduled to be at locations across Sefton every day in August.

Find out more with our Guide to the walk-through testing process.

More information on visiting a Local Testing Site is available in this YouTube video

Crosby Library confirmed as Sefton’s fifth venue for drive-through Mobile Coronavirus Testing

Crosby Library has been confirmed as Sefton’s fifth venue for a drive-through Mobile Coronavirus Testing unit.

Monday 13 July will see the first three-day by one of the units, which provide drive-through COVID-19 tests for people with appointments. Open between around 10am and 4pm, the testing site will be in the Library parking area. Because these are drive-through sites, people being tested do not need to leave their cars.

Maghull & Southport next venues for mobile coronavirus testing.

Supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, Mobile Coronavirus Testing units have already visited Bootle, Litherland, Maghull and Southport.

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher said: “Over 5,000 people have already been able to take tests at Sefton Borough’s Mobile Units, and I’m delighted we have been able to set up this new one at Crosby Library.

“These tests, which are a vital part of the ongoing work to overcoming and preventing the spread of COVID-19 are taking place nearly every day in July and this new site will mean we now have extra capacity for the to take place.”

Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus   or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer of Sefton’s two CCGs, said: “This new site in Crosby is good news and gives eligible Sefton residents more opportunities to be tested for coronavirus closer to home, particularly those who may find it difficult to travel to the regional centres in Liverpool, Haydock and Manchester and these mobile testing sites are an excellent example of how partners across health and care are working together locally to respond to Covid-19.”

esting remains vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19.  Around 6,000 people have already been tested so far at Sefton’s Mobile Test Sites.

Through the Government’s NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. It is really important you follow the NHS guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton.

Find out more about the NHS Test and Trace service. 

As the Government restrictions decrease, Sefton’s Health bosses are reminding people of the importance of two-metre distancing, wearing face coverings on public transport  and regular, thorough hand-washing.

 

Coastal Visitor Action Plan reminder

With a sunny weekend expected, Green Sefton bosses are reminding people about the Coastal Visitor Action Plan, which has been developed to keep Sefton’s coastline safe for residents, visitors and its own employees.

Access & parking, facilities, public safety and clear communication are also among the key elements of the plan, which covers the Borough’s main coastal locations of Ainsdale, Crosby and Waterloo, Formby and Southport. As well as re-opening Ainsdale Beach car park, way of dealing with access and parking include Southport’s Esplanade Car Park, exploring more options for park and ride, using variable message signs and continuing with enforcement for illegal and inconsiderate parking.

Additional facilities for any influx of visitors contained in the Plan include providing extra capacity for waste and more frequent emptying of litter bins and issuing visitors with free rubbish sacks at peak times. There are also options for providing more public toilets, including the portable loos, in a way that is safe for users and the staff required to keep facilities clean and sterilised.

All of these measures will be introduced in line with Government guidance to ensure public and staff safety is paramount. Specific innovations such as a new cashless payment system for on-beach car parking and expanded staff welfare facilities to ensure social distancing will also be required.

This short video shows some of the measure in place as part of the Coastal Visitor Action Plan.

However, Sefton Council is still discouraging people from travelling to its coast and beaches and with hot weather expected is echoing the recent message from Liverpool City Region Leaders urging all residents to stay safe and think twice before leaving home.

When the plan was launched, Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “With people having travelled from as far afield as Manchester, Stoke, Birmingham and North Wales as well as from across the City Region it became clear that we needed to develop this Plan.

“In it, we have proposed a wider range of measures to meet the requirements of residents, visitors and employees and our beautiful coastal environment while at the same time keeping them safe in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government’s national guidelines.

“The restrictions around Coronavirus have amplified the issues our Borough often experiences at coastal locations on busy summer weekends and Bank Holidays, particularly since the Government announced aspects of the lockdown were being eased and travel-distances and times for exercise and leisure extended.

“I am pleased to see that by drawing up the Visitor Plan and starting to implement it this weekend, during which we saw up to 300 cars parked on Ainsdale beach reducing pressure on local roads, has enabled the Council to deliver benefits for residents and visitors alike.”

The Council has also been reminding people that a Public Spaces Protection Order is in place preventing the outdoor consumption of alcohol in areas of Formby & Ainsdale Beaches, Southport Promenade and town centre, Crosby & Waterloo including by the Marine Lake as well as Bootle and Formby town centres. The Order can be enforced by Police officers and authorised Council officers and fines for breaching it start at ÂŁ50.

Download a copy of Sefton Council’s Coastal Visitor Action Plan.

 

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