Another coronavirus testing centre opens – and it’s just 15-miles from Stoke-on-Trent



Another coronavirus testing centre has been opened by the NHS.

The latest site is at Leighton Hospital, in Crewe.

It will provide tests for key workers who are showing signs of coronavirus as well as people in the same household who may be displaying the symptoms.

It means key workers will know whether they have had coronavirus or give them the all-clear to return to work.

Leighton Hospital is run by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Director of strategic partnerships Denise Frodsham said: “We are very pleased to be supporting Covid-19 testing for key workers across Cheshire by setting up and managing the new satellite testing centre at Leighton Hospital. This facility is going to play a crucial part in our region’s response to coronavirus.”

Regional testing centres have been set up at Haydock, Manchester Airport and Preston College. There are two other satellite testing centres in Chester and Liverpool.

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Similar centres have also been set up in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire – at the bet365 Stadium and at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set a target of 100,000 tests-a-day by the end of the month.

Cheshire and Merseyside testing incident director Terry Whalley said: “I’m delighted that colleagues at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, working closely with colleagues at Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, have been able to set up this testing centre so quickly.

“Offering more convenient access to testing is very important to us all as we seek to tackle the threat of coronavirus.”





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