16th Apr, 2021

Abbey Stadium becomes testing centre for coronavirus

Ross Crawford 30th Apr, 2020 Updated: 30th Apr, 2020

THE Abbey Stadium has become a testing centre for coronavirus.

The operation, which is being run by the Ministry of Defence, was launched this week.

It means Redditch has become the second testing centre in the county, the other being at Sixways, the home of Worcester Rugby Club.

The tests must be booked online.

Councillor Matt Dormer, the Leader of Redditch Borough Council, said the opportunity came up and the authority seized it.

“For me it makes total sense,” he said.

“You have a testing centre in Worcester close by to where the acute hospital is (Worcestershire Royal) and you have a second one here in Redditch where the Alex is.”

If you test negative, if you are a key worker you can return to work.

If you test positive then you cannot return to work you must self isolate for seven days.

The news comes as the government announced a further expansion in coronavirus testing.

This enables anyone in England with symptoms who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over to be able to get tested.

It will mean people who cannot work from home and those aged 65 and over can know for sure whether they have coronavirus and need to continue isolating.

Members of their households with symptoms – a new continuous cough or high temperature – will also be eligible for testing.

NHS staff, care home staff and care home residents will also be eligible for testing whether or not they have symptoms.

Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said: “We’re heading in the right direction with testing being ramped up and millions more people now eligible for tests. This is how we ultimately return to a new normality.

“I would encourage constituents who are now eligible for testing and are displaying symptoms to book a test via the Government’s online portal.”

To book a test visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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