Fourth COVID-19 test site to open in Coventry

Coventry’s new COVID-19 test site, located in the city centre, will operate on-foot testing, rather than drive-through.

Nurse administering drive-through coronavirus test

A fourth COVID-19 test site is preparing to open its doors on 26 October, providing additional testing capacity for Coventrians.

Like the three existing test sites, the new facility at Whitefriars Car Park, Whitefriars Lane, in the city centre, will offer pre-booked appointments only.

It will be the second test centre in the city to offer appointments for people arriving on foot, rather than drive-through appointments as is in operation at the Ricoh Arena and Moat Street car park.

The new facility is part of an ongoing drive to improve accessibility and capacity for coronavirus testing in the local community, according to Coventry City Council.

Council Leader, Cllr George Duggins, explained that the new test site will “make it even easier for anyone who thinks they have coronavirus symptoms to get a test done simply and quickly.”

He continued: “With an increase of cases across the city, it has never been more important to get a test if you think you may have the virus. We all need to do our bit to make sure we’re protecting our loved ones.”

The news comes after a Coventry parent was forced to travel 218-miles to Scotland last month so that their child could get tested for COVID-19 after presenting symptoms.

In a statement, the Council urged anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, to book a test – they are free and take less than a minute.

Coventry’s Director of Public Health, Liz Gaulton, said that having a second walk-in test site will be “a huge benefit to the city, allowing more residents to get a test”.

Test appointments at any of the four Coventry sites must be booked in advance by visiting the NHS website or calling 119.

To keep up-to-date with the COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalisations in Coventry, visit HelloCov’s Coronavirus information page, updated daily: hellocov.co.uk/coronavirus.