Walk-In Covid Testing Deployed in Tamworth After National Scheme Struggles With High Demand

A walk-in Covid Mobile Testing Unit opens in Tamworth tomorrow (Friday) to help more people get a PCR test – after high demand limited booking via the national portal.

This will be the second unit based at the Sir Robert Peel Hospital car park and will be open from July 16 to July 20, from 9am to 5pm.

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Health and Care, said: “Cases remain very high in Tamworth and we have increased both testing and vaccinations in the borough to help bring cases down and help curb the spread of infection.

“We know that people have been experiencing difficulties booking a PCR test via the national portal as tests are being limited due to high demand. We have now secured this further mobile testing unit, which means people who need a test can simply turn up tomorrow without an appointment.

“So, if people have symptoms or are concerned, then this walk-in centre is another option for people to still get tested. This will help identify more people who may have the virus and in turn help contain this outbreak.”

The national high demand is limiting booking slots, but these are being updated through the day so people are being advised to keep checking back if they want to book an appointment. Home tests can also be ordered.

Everyone in Staffordshire is also asked to get a free lateral flow test twice a week, get vaccinated if they are 18 and over at one of the walk-in pop up clinics in the town and to continue to do everything they can to limit the spread of infection after restrictions are largely lifted on Monday.

Jeremy Oates, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “This proactive approach is starting to bring cases down from the peak, but they still remain very high, so we all need to keep up the hard work.

“The opening of the walk-up testing unit means more people in Tamworth will be able to get a PCR test if national tests remain limited and I would encourage as many people as possible to do so..”

People with or without symptoms can turn up without an appointment. Those with symptoms should use the drive through option only and remain in their vehicle. People do not need to go into the hospital.

Further details of all the testing and vaccination options can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/tamworthextra