THE UK Government has today opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre in Inverclyde.
The facility at Crawfurdsburn Community Centre, East Crawford Street, Greenock is being provided as part of a UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of testing for communities.
It is operated by Mitie on behalf of the UK Government which, in Scotland, the UK Government is providing all Covid testing and test processing outside of the NHS.
Tests must be booked in advance at www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816.
People should only book a test if they have coronavirus symptoms — a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste).
Jamie Greene MSP said: “Inverclyde has been very badly affected by Covid-19 and this new testing facility in Greenock will help us fight back even harder against the virus.
“Residents across Inverclyde can now easily access this walk-in centre which will be instrumental as we continue to tackle the global pandemic.
“As ever, my thanks go out to all our amazing NHS staff who are on the frontline dealing with the impacts of the pandemic.”
Inverclyde North Councillor Graeme Brooks said: “I very much welcome the continued support from both of Scotland’s governments in the fight against coronavirus.
“This new testing centre from the UK Government will continue our fight to better understand the prevalence of Covid-19 and its impact on Inverclyde.
“Testing is vital to ensure that we keep our local economy going to protect jobs and businesses across Inverclyde.”
UK Government Minister for Scotland, Iain Stewart, said: “The UK Government is helping all parts of the UK fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“Testing is vital, helping to manage local outbreaks and protecting people’s livelihoods. The UK Government is providing the bulk of Covid testing in Scotland, and this new walk-through centre is just the latest in our extensive testing network.
“We are pleased to be working with local and commercial partners. These sites are not possible without the hard work of many people. I would like to thank everyone involved for their incredible efforts for the good of the country at this difficult time.”
Councillor Robert Moran, Inverclyde Council’s convener of health and social care, said: “We made the case for increased testing in our community and we are pleased that a new testing centre has been set up in Greenock.
“Inverclyde has been hit hard by Covid-19 and this facility, in addition to the test sites at Port Glasgow and Glasgow Airport, provides us with greater resilience and capacity to fight the virus.
“The location at Crawfurdsburn Community Centre provides an accessible site for the local community to take a test in their local area.”