Community testing centres to open to anyone without COVID symptoms

Released:

From Monday 8 March anyone living or working in Solihull who doesn’t have COVID symptoms can access regular, rapid COVID tests as part of Solihull Council’s community testing strategy to tackle the virus.

During lockdown North Solihull Sports Centre and Tudor Grange Leisure Centre have been used to test anyone unable to work from home. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions and more people mixing, socially - the Council is ensuring testing services are accessible to everyone in the borough.

The centres use self-administered swab tests. Please note that these tests are for children over the age of 2 years old*. Trained staff will process the test and you will receive the results via SMS message from NHS Test and Trace within the hour.

Both sites are open 7 days a week Monday to Friday 8am-5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-1.30pm and tests must be booked online here. Anyone needing help to book should call 0121 704 6918, Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 4pm. Please note this number is only for help if you are unable to access the website or if you have testing queries.

If you generally feel unwell or develop symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell or taste) you need to book a test via the national website here or by phoning 119 and our local testing locations are Monkspath Hall Road or Birmingham Airport.

Remember you must not have any symptoms of COVID-19 to use either of the Council’s community testing centres.

For the latest Coronavirus information including what to do if you get a positive test result please visit the Solihull Council website.

* Anyone aged 2-11 years old must have the test completed by a parent or guardian; those between 12 and 18 years old will require supervision from a parent or guardian.

Ruth Tennant, Director of Public Health said:

“Refocusing our efforts to encourage the wider community to ‘keep testing’ is the next step in our local testing strategy to make testing an accessible and routine part of everyday life for us all.

“As more restrictions are lifted we will look at other ways to make getting tested even easier. In the meantime we have two local, and large scale community sites ready for people to book into.”