Ribble Valley Testing Site FAQs
Where is the coronavirus testing site in Ribble Valley?
Currently there is only one testing site in Ribble Valley and it is located on the Edisford Road car park near Ribblesdale Pool. The full address is Edisford Road, Clitheroe, BB7 3LA.
When will the site be set up?
The site will be set up from Monday 16 November and will be operational from Monday 23 November. We expect it to remain in place and operational until July 2021, however this is subject to change.
Why has this location been chosen?
The site has been chosen by the NHS and other partners, due to the fact it is a large, open space with relatively easy access.
Can I get tested even though I don’t have any symptoms?
You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:
- you have a high temperature
- you have a new, continuous cough
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
- you’ve been asked to by a local council
- you’re taking part in a government pilot project
- You've been asked to by NHS Test and Trace
Can I turn up without an appointment?
No, you must have pre-booked an appointment to attend the site. You can book an appointment either online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, by calling 119, or through the app on your smart phone if you have downloaded this.
Download the NHS COVID-19 app here:
- Apple App Store https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-covid-19/id1520427663
- Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production
Is the site a walk-through or drive-through testing facility?
The site is a walk-through only facility.
I live locally to the site and am concerned that people with coronavirus will be in close proximity to my home?
The testing site has been chosen by the NHS and partners as it is far enough away from residential homes so that there is no increased risk to local residents from anyone visiting the site who goes on to test positive for coronavirus. People attending the site must follow government safety guidance, including wearing a face mask at the site, unless they are exempt, adhering to all social distancing rules, and continuing to follow self-isolation rules outside of the test site. They will also be asked to immediately leave the site following their test.
What about increased traffic around the testing site?
Whilst every effort is made to control the amount of traffic around the area, there may well be times when traffic seems heavier than usual for the area. A strict number of tests can be booked though the appointment system, limiting the traffic. We will continue to monitor the traffic with support from Lancashire County Council.
What happens when I turn up at the site for my test?
There is lots of directional signage to help you navigate the site, as well as staff present to guide you through the process whilst you are there.
What does the test involve?
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you.
Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.
Do I have to live in Ribble Valley to visit the test centre?
Although we anticipate that predominantly it will be Ribble Valley residents using the site, it will be available to our neighbouring towns and cities to access a test.
Who is in charge of the site?
The site is owned and run by the NHS Track and Trace Service with little involvement from the council other than providing the car park it is set up on. You can however contact us on 01200 425111 should you have any concerns and we will contact the organisers for a response.