COVID-19 Testing Units in Craven Arms and Oswestry

25 August 2020 1:00pm

Issued by Shropshire Council:

Mobile testing units will be at locations in Craven Arms and Oswestry until Monday, 31 August.

The COVID-19 testing units will be in the following locations:

  • Highway Depot, 16 Stokewood Road, Craven Arms, SY7 8NR
  • Oswestry Showground, SY11 4AB

Each site will be open for tests for attendees in a vehicle from 10.30am to 3.30pm

Testing is available for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell, or thinks they may have the virus. All appointments must be pre-booked

Tests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. All tests must be booked in advance. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 by clicking here.

Once you are registered you will receive confirmation of the time you must attend the testing site, you will only be allowed in with this information.

If you have symptoms, then you should follow the latest Government guidance and remain self-isolating.

If you cannot attend a testing site, there are also tests that can be ordered and done at home. Please contact NHS Test and Trace on 119 by clicking here.

Strict infection control measures will be in place to ensure the testing units are operated with the highest levels of public health safeguards.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire’s director of public health said: “Effective testing for COVID-19 is one of the first lines of defence in reducing infections. Testing has taken place in locations across Shropshire and we have seen a good take-up from residents.

“The test for coronavirus is free and it is important that we all follow Government guidance about getting a coronavirus test if we start to show any symptoms. These are a loss or change in sense of smell or taste, a high temperature or a new continuous cough. Even if you have one of these symptoms, no matter how mild please stay at home and book a test straight away. Everyone who you live with and those in your support bubble, must also stay at home.

“All tests must be pre-booked as soon as symptoms develop by calling 119 or via the NHS website. People are urged not to turn up without first booking a test.”

Further information

People who have developed symptoms or have tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household bubble (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • if you are unable to wash hands and they are visibly clean, use hand sanitiser with at least 75% alcohol content
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • wear face coverings on public transport and when going into any enclosed public places including shops, supermarkets and on public transport

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.