20th Apr, 2021

Door-to-door testing begins in Frankley and Great Park after South African Covid discovery

Tristan Harris 9th Feb, 2021 Updated: 9th Feb, 2021

DOOR-to-door Covid testing is getting under way in Frankley and the Great Park after last week’s discovery of the more infectious South African variant.

Birmingham City Council is working with the NHS and Public Health England to carry out the door-to-door testing in the B45 area.

The testing being carried out is part of Operation Eagle – a programme held in areas across the country specifically where the South African variant was found.

The following postcodes will be offered tests door-to-door – B45 0EH, B45 0BE, B45 0BG, B45 0DR, B45 0EG, B45 0EL, B45 0DF, B45 0DL, B45 0EQ, B45 0DQ, B45 0DP, B45 0EE, B45 0DJ, B45 0DW, B45 0EP, B45 0DN, B45 0DG. B45 0LH, B45 0LJ, B45 0LL, B45 0LP, B45 0LS, B45 0LT, B45 0LU, B45 0LW, B45 0LX., B45 0LY, B45 0LZ, B45 0NA, B45 0NB, B45 0ND, B45 0NE, B45 0NF, B45 0NG, B45 0NH, B45 0NJ, B45 0NN, B45 0NP, B45 0NQ, B45 0NW.

Test kits will be dropped off and collected later the same day.

The team will all have ID badges and can be verified for anyone who has any concerns.

To get your test results you MUST register online at http://orlo.uk/Cebl OR call 119.

Home test kits can also be collected from the Hollymoor Centre and then returned to the same place.

Testing centres are available on the Bristol Road in Longbridge (opposite Bournville College) and in the car park of the Empire Cinema on the Great Park.

Test centres are open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Everyone over the age of 18 who lives in the red area in the above map has been urged to take a test. No appointment is necessary. People can just turn up.

The drop-in tests are for people with no Coronavirus symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should call 119 or visit nhs.uk to book a test.

Any positive tests will be sent off to then be tested for the presence of the South African variant. That takes an extra ten days to determine.

For further details on the Covid variant visit: http://orlo.uk/HDVhX

A special meeting was held on Friday with Dr Justin Varney, the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Health to explain more about the South African variant and answer any questions had about the testing programme. For our extensive report on the meeting, click here.

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