A fifth Covid-19 test centre has opened in Wolverhampton.

The walk through test centre at Blakenhall Community Resource Centre, on Haggar Street, joins 3 other walk through centres, at Showell Road, the car park of Whitmore Reans Health Centre and at the Mountford Lane car park in Bilston, and a drive through centre at Aldersley Leisure Village.

People who have symptoms of Covid-19, which include a fever, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell, are strongly advised to book an appointment by visiting NHS or calling 119 as soon as possible.  

Due to the current national issues with testing availability, people may need to keep trying regularly in order to book an appointment. The walk through sites in Wolverhampton may be able to accept people who have symptoms without an appointment subject to daily availability. If, however, a site has reached capacity, people without appointments will unfortunately not be able to get a test and so people are strongly advised to try and reserve one in advance.

Anyone who has symptoms but are unable to book a test should stay at home and self isolate for 10 days from the point at which they first developed symptoms and continue to try and get a test.

People should only get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. This will help make sure people who need a test are more likely to be able to get one.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Testing is a crucial weapon in our battle to stop the spread of Covid-19 and the message is clear; if you have symptoms, no matter how mild they may be, you must immediately self isolate and get yourselves tested. 

"If you have symptoms but are unable to access a test then please stay and home and isolate for 10 days. This will help you, your family and community to remain safe and prevent any potential spread. If your symptoms worsen during this period, please contact 111 for advice.”

People are reminded that they should wear a face covering when attending walk through centres, only removing these while the test is taking place.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about people that they have been in close contact with recently.

Details of all of Wolverhampton’s test centres can be found at Coronavirus Testing.  

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information.