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Most popular community testing venues in the city revealed as families are urged to get tested before pupils return to school

Published: Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has revealed the most used community COVID-19 test centres across the city as more residents are urged to get tested weekly.

Christ Church in Tunstall, City Centre Mosque in Hanley, Dimensions Leisure Centre, Baddeley Green Working Men’s Club and Penkhull Village Hall are in the top five test centres based on weekly uptake figures.

This comes as uptake of lateral flow testing has ranged between 20 to 30 per cent since the city council increased capacity; however last week saw uptake for community testing dip to 14.32 per cent.

Over 17,000 community testing appointments are available each week across 17 venues including new test venue Trentham Rugby Club, which is open Tuesdays and Thursday 10am to 3pm.

The seven-day rate of coronavirus cases in the city is 133.0 per 100,000 people, for the week February 20 to February 26. This is a decrease of 9.1 per cent on the previous seven days. The percentage of people who have had a test and tested positive is 5.6 per cent.

Residents who live in Hanley, Boothen and OakHill, Lightwood and Normacot are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 following an increase in positive cases. Although cases are spread across the city, latest figures show that these wards are the areas with the highest rates.

Council leader Abi Brown said: “If we are serious about beating this disease, then now is not the time to be taking the foot off the pedal, we do not want cases to increase. If we want to make sure lockdown can be eased and then people must get tested once a week at least, the battle isn’t over yet.

“We all need to continue to get tested and to do so regularly. Please support your local community and test centre by getting tested. We should all want to live in a ward that has high testing rates. Uptake of 14.32 per cent across community test sites is not good enough.”

Twice-weekly testing using rapid lateral flow tests has been extended to households of school children, members of support bubbles, childcare and those in related occupations, via assisted testing at community test sites, Community Collect or Direct to Home testing arrangements.

On Monday (March 1st) Community Collect and Direct to Home were launched nationally. Community Collect is a new channel where residents who are eligible can pick up self-test kits from NHS Test and Trace sites and self-administer the tests at home.

In Stoke-on-Trent people can collect from Regional Test Sites (Stoke City FC, Port Vale Synethics and Fenton Manor) and Local Test Sites (LTS), operated by NHS Test and Trace. These three main sites will now only offer PCR tests between 7am - 1pm and after that it will be click and collect only. 

Direct to Home is where if you cannot collect, lateral flow self-test kits are delivered directly to people’s homes and is the same process to follow as community collect. This is again for anybody who has sustained contact with school children, including households of staff or a pupil, childcare or support bubbles and those in related occupations such as school bus drivers and taxi drivers. People can order a home test kit at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of adult social care, health integration and wellbeing, said: “Asymptomatic testing will play a key role in the exit from lockdown. Asymptomatic testing can reduce transmission of the virus through early detection where people are regularly testing twice a week. Please make use of the click and collect service if you qualify. Our community sites can’t become part of the system until March 15 at earliest but we have applied to be an early implementer.

“It is vitally important especially as schools reopen that people are getting tested regularly. I encourage families to use this week to get a test at one of our community venues for peace of mind and to make sure your child has not been in contact with anybody who has the virus. I know some parents will be feeling anxious about their children returning to school or college and this is one way to combat this”.

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Notes to editor

Community testing for the asymptomatic and those with mild symptoms in Stoke-on-Trent Residents are able to book tests up to seven days in advance via the city council’s website www.stoke.gov.uk/bookacovid19test.

Date

Venue

Time

Thursday 4th

Northwood Stadium

New Horizons Leisure Centre

Hanley Town Football Club

Weston Coyney Village Hall

Florence Colliery Social Welfare Club

Christ Church, Tunstall  

Sneyd Green Community Hub

Dimensions Leisure Centre

Blurton Community Hub

Hazel Trees, Duke Street

Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre

Trentham Rugby Club

10am - 4pm

10am - 4pm

8am - 7pm

2pm - 8pm

8am - 2pm

2pm - 8pm

2pm - 8pm

8am - 2pm

8am - 2pm

10am - 4pm

8am - 2pm

10am - 3pm

Friday 5th

Northwood Stadium

Hanley Town Football Club

Florence Sports and Social Club

Christ Church, Tunstall  

Penkhull Village Hall

Dimensions Leisure Centre

Blurton Community Hub

Hazel Trees, Duke Street

Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre

Wallace Sport and Education Centre

Baddeley Green Workingmen’s Club

8am - 2pm

8am - 7pm

10am - 4pm

2pm - 8pm

8am -2pm

10am - 4pm

8am - 2pm

12pm - 6pm

8am - 2pm

10am - 4pm

9am - 8pm

Saturday 6th

Dimensions Leisure Centre

Hanley Town Football Club

Weston Coyney Village Hall

Sneyd Green Community Hub

Penkhull Village Hall

Northwood Stadium 

Blurton Community Hub

New Horizons Leisure Centre

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

Sunday 7th

Wallace Sports and Education Centre

Hanley Town Football Club

Christ Church, Tunstall  

Sneyd Green Community Hub

Florence Colliery Social Welfare Club

Northwood Stadium

Hazel Trees, Duke Street

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 1pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

 

If you have one or more of the following symptoms then you are not eligible for lateral flow testing and should instead book a test through https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, or by calling 119:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste