Second COVID-19 testing centre opening in Coventry

The mobile unit will operate in Moat Street car park, close to the Sky Dome, aimed at improving accessibility for COVID-19 testing in the local community.

Nurse administering drive-through coronavirus test

A second COVID-19 testing centre is to be opened in Coventry city centre next week.

The mobile unit will operate in Moat Street car park, close to the Sky Dome, as part of a national drive to improve accessibility for coronavirus testing in local communities.

The new facility will open from 3 August until 16 August, when a decision will be taken as to whether the mobile unit should be moved elsewhere.

The new testing location will be the second in Coventry, with an existing regional testing centre based at the Ricoh Arena already in operation.

Coventry health officials have urged that anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, gets tested to help stop the spread of the virus and protect family and friends around them. 

The test is pain-free and involves a swab being taken from the back of the mouth, taking less than a minute. Results from the test are received the following day.

Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, washing their hands thoroughly before and after and wearing a face covering throughout, including travelling to and from the testing unit.

Anyone attending an appointment will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely.

Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council said: “The success of the test and trace programme is vital if we are to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Creating this mobile facility is an opportunity to make testing more accessible for Coventry residents.

“I encourage anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, to book a test and anyone contacted by NHS Test and Trace to follow their advice to protect those close to them.”

Liz Gaulton, director of public health at Coventry City Council, added: “Testing units like this allow Coventry residents who develop symptoms to quickly get a test and find out whether they need to stay at home with their household or can safely return to work or more normal life.

“This is a national effort and we are proud to be working with our partners to reduce the number of cases and build the capability needed to protect the city from coronavirus.”

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts.

To book a test, visit the NHS website or call 119.