New Rapid Covid-19 Testing to Start in Sandwell
21 Dec 2020 by Libby Mahoney
- Safer, Stronger Communities
Rapid coronavirus testing will start on Monday (21 December) in Sandwell.
West Bromwich Town Hall has been converted into a large testing site able to accommodate 12 testing points at any one time.
In contrast to traditional testing methods which can take a few days to return a result, the new rapid testing technology offers a result on the same day.
The fastest and easiest way to book a test is online at www.sandwell.gov.uk/testsandwell
Anyone not able to access the internet can call 0121 569 6999 (weekdays).
To be eligible for a test you must not have any Covid-19 symptoms and you must not be self-isolating. Anyone experiencing symptoms should book a standard swab test at the Government website at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Sandwell’s Deputy Council Leader Councillor Maria Crompton said: “If you have no Covid-19 symptoms but want to take a test, then this rapid method gives you a quick result – I’ve been one of the guinea pigs testing out our process and I can tell you it’s very easy.
“Some people will want to get tested on a regular basis so that they can reduce the chance that they will accidentally pass the virus on to someone they love.
“Rapid tests are also being made available to health and care workers, as well as other frontline staff, via their organisations.
“Having a large site at West Bromwich Town Hall will mean we can test lots of people quickly. We will also look to open up more sites in other areas of Sandwell in the near future.”