Stoke City is set to become a coronavirus testing centre for NHS staff and other key workers.
The club has offered use of the bet365 Stadium’s West 1 car park to assist the NHS in the ongoing fight against Covid-19.
Frontline workers, such as NHS staff, police officers, firefighters, local authority workers and care home staff, will be referred to the facility once testing begins next week.
The testing centre at Stoke City – seen as an ideal location – will be one of 50 sites being established nationally.
Dr Richard Harling, chairman of the Strategic Co-ordinating Group leading the multi-agency response across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, said: “We would like to say how grateful we are to Stoke City for the co-operation they have given us, especially over the Bank Holiday period.
“The bet365 is an ideal location as they have large open areas where social distancing can be practised.
“The testing will be for NHS staff and other frontline workers including colleagues from local authorities, care homes, police and fire, and help ensure we can keep as many as possible at the frontline.
“Testing will begin from next week.”
Richard Smith, managing director at Stoke City, was delighted the club could play a vital role in supporting the NHS during the pandemic.
He said: “We are delighted to be able to assist the NHS at this time. We shall be providing West 1 car park and other support to ensure the NHS can do this crucial work.
“We shall also be providing support with volunteers from our stewarding and security teams, and I would like to thank them in advance for their efforts.”
Dr Harling added: “We would like to stress that only staff who are referred to the site can be tested. I would recommend everyone follows official NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19 and not take advice from social media.”
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