Melton’s Polish Club to host keyworker Covid tests

Keyworkers in Melton will next week have the option to take a rapid result coronavirus test at the town’s Polish Club.

By Nick Rennie
Thursday, 28th January 2021, 6:47 pm
The Polish Club (left) on Sandy Lane, Melton, next to the Polish Church EMN-210128-184425001
The Polish Club (left) on Sandy Lane, Melton, next to the Polish Church EMN-210128-184425001

The Sandy Lane venue is set to open up for testing those who don’t have symptoms and aren’t already isolating with the results available in around 30 minutes.

People who are unable to work from home can also attend the centre to get a test.

An opening date hasn’t yet been given but Leicestershire County County Council say the Melton centre should ‘be open later next week’.

A rapid lateral flow coronavirus test being taken at a Leicestershire County Council site EMN-210128-183619001

Testing is already underway six days a week in Wigston Fields and Blaby, and on Monday, a testing centre will open at Swannington Village Hall.

The Melton site and one at Gorse Covert Centre in Loughborough will then follow soon after.

Further sites in the Hinckley and Bosworth and Harborough districts are being considered and if approved, will open as soon as possible.

One in three people who have coronavirus show no symptoms, and rapid lateral flow testing, led by the council’s public health team, can help to quickly identify individuals and stop the spread of infection.

Rapid testing is only for those who are eligible, who don’t have symptoms and aren’t already isolating – if you do have symptoms, or you have been told to self isolate, then you should not attend.

Nick Rushton, leader at County Hall, said: “Our programme of rapid testing for key workers is running smoothly and we are pleased with the speed with which we are managing to roll it out across the county.

“Our key workers have supported our communities throughout the pandemic and rapid testing will help protect them and their customers and colleagues by identifying cases and stopping further spread of coronavirus.”

The lateral flow tests are self-administered at the test sites – and people can then leave the site straight after they have taken their swab.

Results will be sent out by text or email by the end of that day.

Sites will be open six days each week.

Go to www.leicestershire.gov.uk/covidtest to book a rapid result test if you are eligible.