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A walk-through testing site for COVID-19 is now operating in Arnold

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The Druids Inn car park has been selected to house a Covid-19 local testing site in Arnold.

Local public health leaders said today that the local testing site (LTS) was selected because it is well known, easy to find, and is a fairly large, level space. 

T­he LTS will be open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm and is available for people with Covid-19 symptoms who have booked an appointment by calling 119 or visiting gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

The site is run by the Department for Health and Social Care but tests at the site will be self-administered by those who request them. Parents will carry out tests on their children if they cannot manage to do their own.

Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne said: “As a Council we want do all we can to help tackle the pandemic. Gedling residents with coronavirus symptoms will be able to access a local facility and we hope this helps reduce transmission rates in the district.

“The LTS may create some traffic around the area and unless you are getting at test we advise you to use one of the other council car parks nearby.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we’re confident the public and local businesses will work with us on this as it’s obviously important we help to reduce the number of virus cases in the district so we can all get back to normal sooner rather than later.”

To use the site, people should: 
– Have at least one symptom of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste 

– Book a test first before going to the site by calling 119 or visiting gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

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– Walk to the site and if driving, park up nearby and then walk to the site

– Avoid taking public transport to get to the site or return home

– Stay out of any shops or other premises prior to their test and return home immediately afterwards

– Wear a face mask

– Adhere to social distancing

– Take a form of identification, such as a driving licence, passport, NHS card or utilities bill

Gedling Borough Council will be working with partners to ensure that the site is managed and signposted to help direct users. Residents and businesses around the car park have been informed about the likely local impact of the LTS. 

Anyone with any issues regarding the site can contact the council on 0115 901 3901 or email enquiries@gedling.gov.uk 

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