New walk through COVID-19 Testing Site to open in Brinnington

A new local, walk through test centre for COVID-19 is set to open in Brinnington.

The test site, which is funded and staffed through the Department of Health and Social Care, will be located at Brinnington Park. It will be open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week from Friday 11 September.

In order to get a test, people must book an appointment before their visit – this can be done online or by phoning 119 (freephone, available in over 100 languages). The test centre is currently unable carry out a test on people who have not pre-booked an appointment.

The site will be aimed at helping local people to access tests in a convenient and accessible location and will provide a testing service which is quicker than ordering and using a postal test kit. If when booking your test you are directed to the Brinnington site for a test, and need to drive there, please consider the site’s neighbours and park considerately. Please note that Brinnington Park car park is not currently in use.

People who get symptoms of COVID-19 – a new continuous cough, a fever or loss of taste/smell need to self-isolate at home for 10 days. People they live with need to isolate for 14 days.

There are three benefits to getting a test:

• You know whether you have got COVID-19 or not

• If you test negative after having symptoms, you can then stop self-isolating as soon as you feel better. Your household can also stop self-isolating if everyone with symptoms tests negative.

• If you test positive, we can then speak to you about those you’ve been in contact with, and ask them to self-isolate. This helps to stop more people in your local community from being infected, and helps control the virus.

Those coming to the local testing centre will be asked to travel directly to the centre, take their test, and then go straight home. They will also be asked to wear a face mask. Queueing space for those attending will be provided within the fenced area of the local testing centre. These measures will limit the risk that people attending for tests will pass on COVID-19 to those they meet near the test centre. Staff at the test centre will wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk for them.

Cllr Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health at Stockport Council, said: “This new test centre is in place to help people and our communities stay safe. The increase in testing capacity will make it easier for local people to get tested for COVID-19.

“Stockport Council will continue to secure other locations for drive-through testing, which will be more convenient for those who live in other parts of the borough, and we’re also working on plans for additional walk-in testing locations with the Department of Health and Social Care.”