Coronavirus Test Centre to open in ClitheroePublished Thursday, 19 November 2020
Getting tested for coronavirus will be easier for Ribble Valley residents from Monday 23 November, with the opening of a new test centre in Clitheroe.
Installation of the NHS test centre started at the Edisford Road car park in Clitheroe this week.
The centre – the first permanent centre in Ribble Valley – will be walk-in by appointment only from 8am to 8pm every day and is scheduled to be operational until July 2021.
Testing is only available if you have coronavirus symptoms, which includes a high temperature, new continuous cough, or a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.
By getting tested you can help to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the people you care about.
Tests must be booked online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and you are asked to wash your hands before attending the centre and wear a face covering on your journey there and back.
If you test positive, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help track your contacts, who will be asked to stay at home for 14 days to prevent the spread of the virus.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stephen Atkinson said: “A test centre in Ribble Valley is much needed, particularly by our elderly and isolated residents, who might struggle to travel to Preston or Blackburn.
“We have had a number of mobile testing units in Clitheroe, but a more permanent structure for the coming months is welcome.
“Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus should not hesitate to book a test. Please make use of the centre and help to keep our borough safe.”
Ribble Valley Borough Council has published a set of Ribble Valley Testing Site FAQs.
Don’t forget the Ribble Valley Community Hub is available if you need help, businesses advice and the latest pandemic information.
The hub is on hand Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, on 01200 414597, to help locked down households facing difficulties, worries or loneliness.
Further coronavirus information and guidance is available at gov.uk or ribblevalley.gov.uk/coronavirus.