Over the Easter weekend Salford Council’s health and social care team set up a Coronavirus testing centre at the AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles which is dedicated to testing NHS and social care staff.
Testing is by prior appointment only and up to 120 tests a day will be available initially with results available within 72 hours. Safe transport will be provided to the Salford site for those who need it thanks to Taxi Transfers which provide closed passenger cabins.
Priority will initially be given to staff from Salford Royal Foundation Trust and health and social care staff who are within the first five days of showing coronavirus symptoms, or who are self-isolating due to family members being unwell. Family members who also show symptoms will be tested.
The aim is to reduce the spread of the virus among frontline health and care staff and people they work with and keep essential staff in work unless they test positive for the virus.
“It is good news that Salford has taken the initiative to set up this drive-through testing centre so that NHS and social care staff can be tested for Coronavirus. It means that people playing a key role in the Coronavirus effort can be tested if they have symptoms and so be able to return to their roles at work if they do not test positive. This testing centre will be a crucial part of Salford’s fight against Coronavirus.”