Story and photo by Tim Neal
A third local testing centre has opened in Burngreave to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 across the city and within our communities. This is clearly good news for the whole of Sheffield.
Based at Gower Street Car Park in Burngreave, the new unit is open between 8am-8pm, allowing people with symptoms to get tested. If anyone has symptoms, you should get a test. The swab test takes less than a minute.
It is important for your own health and your family’s but it is also crucial to help keep everyone safe. Although the Council arranged the location of the site at Gower Street, it is not responsible for the testing operation or appointments.
These are all done run by central government, which is also responsible for the national Test, Trace and Isolate contact tracing system.
In making testing easier and more accessible, the Council is supporting everyone to get tested for free. When you book your test using the national portal or by calling 119, you will be provided with a test site address in the city to attend at a designated date and time.
Please DO NOT attend at any other site other than your allocated test centre as you will be turned away. You must go to the location listed on your test booking.
There are no longer any walk-ins at any of the Local Testing Centres including the one in Burngreave.
This is due to national laboratory capacity issues affecting local testing availability. You can only attend if you have an appointment.
Please continue to book an appointment online www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
If you cannot get an appointment right away, stay at home and continue to self-isolate until an appointment comes available for you. As a reminder, all Sheffield testing centres are only accessible if you have booked an appointment.
Please do not attend a site unless you have booked a test as you will be turned away and asked to book an appointment.
Only attend the test centre you have been allocated on your booking through the national portal.
These are the locations of the other Local Testing Sites in Sheffield:
The Sharrow Local Testing Centre is based at Alderson Road Car Park, Sharrow, S2 4LG (down the road from London Road Pharmacy).
The Darnall Local Testing Centre is based at Station Road Car Park, Darnall, S9 4JT.