Additional Testing Capacity Information

Date: 31 December 2021

We have received communication that there are 3 additional testing sites in Cheshire and Merseyside which are now live, the details of which are listed below.  These sites are able to be booked via the gov.uk portal in the normal way but will also accept those without an appointment. 

We have been advised to prioritise asymptomatic ‘contacts of’ through NHS labs and this remains the case, however, we know that the situation is dynamic with demand increasing and capacity becoming more constrained.  We have been asked to reinforce that asymptomatic ‘contacts of’ are the priority for testing to facilitate return to work so if NHS laboratory capacity is exceeded, these staff should then be prioritised for community testing over staff who have tested positive via lateral flow.

 

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