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Statement on Coronavirus Testing

Newsdate: 12th March 2020 

The NHS in Wigan has established a new drive through service on the premises for testing people who may have coronavirus.

People will only drive to the testing facility if they have been given an appointment, following a telephone assessment by NHS 111. It is NOT a drop-in centre and ONLY those who meet the nationally agreed criteria for a suspected case will be asked to attend and given an appointment for their test.

Only referred cases will be tested. If you attend any of our hospital premises without an appointment as YOU WILL NOT be tested.

Those referred to the centre for swabbing will arrive in their own car, and will not enter the building. They will be swabbed outside by specially trained nurses.

This service is being provided by nursing staff from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. We are doing this to minimise the impact of testing on local hospitals, which is where cases have been tested in recent weeks

If you have any concerns about your own health in relation to coronavirus, please follow the national guidance provided by NHSE