The COVID-19 PCR testing site in Ludlow is due to close on Saturday 12 June 2021, to allow the car park to return to its former use.
Following consultation with local Shropshire Councillors and Ludlow Town Council, it was agreed that the facility would be removed from Smithfield car park as it is now needed for car parking purposes.
It will be replaced by a mobile testing unit (MTU) located at Ludlow Eco Park from Thursday 17 June 2021.
In the meantime, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive is asked to book a PCR test or by calling 119, and you will be directed to the nearest site with availability.
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:
“The decision has been made to close the current site in Ludlow and move to a more mobile approach. With the MTU (mobile testing unit) it gives us the option to move to other towns in south Shropshire if needed.
Having spoken with local Shropshire Councillors and the town council, it was felt that now the third Lockdown is easing and businesses have opened, the car park is very much an important part of the recovery of the town and encouraging tourism again.
If you do need to book a PCR test you will be guided to the nearest location with availability, until the MTU is up and running”
You can also order FREE Covid19 Rapid Lateral Flow Tests at this link, https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.
If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
or if you’re asked to by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test online or by ringing 119, and remain in isolation until you receive your test result. You can book a FREE PCR Test at this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test it will be delivered directly to your home.
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