Covid test kits delivered door-to-door in parts of Smethwick
Published 16th April 2021
Teams of volunteers are delivering ‘drop and collect’ Covid-19 home test kits from today (Friday 16 April) in parts of Smethwick.
This is the next phase of targeted testing to identify any more cases of the variant first discovered in South Africa, after one case was identified recently in the Smethwick/Cape Hill area.
Measures to control further spread of the virus, including a mobile testing unit (MTU) and contact tracing, are already in place.
Dr Lisa McNally, Sandwell’s director of public health, said: “Offering this drop and collect option means we can also help those people who can’t get out to the testing centre.
“It’s crucial that as many people in the local area as possible to take a test. This will allow us to find of any further cases of the new variant.”
This targeted testing is for people without current Covid-19 symptoms and who are living and working in specific streets in the wider B66 3, B66 4 and B67 6 postcode areas.
The target an area is loosely between the southern side of Price Street and Windmill Precinct in the north, Durban Road in the east, Cheshire Road in the west and Church Road, Grange Road and Edith Road in the south. This includes the Victoria Park area and specific sections of High Street, Cape Hill, Windmill Lane, Waterloo Road and Bearwood Road.
A mobile testing unit behind Smethwick Council House, High Street, is now open daily from 8am-3.45pm, for walk-in tests and drive-in tests.
It's really important if you live or work in any of the postcodes listed on the council's website, or if your businesses is based within the postcode areas, that you and your staff get tested.
For anyone who is not online or has questions about the targeted testing in the area, please call the Healthy Sandwell team on 0800 011 4656 for advice.
People with symptoms of Covid-19 should continue to book a PCR test in the usual way via the Government website or by calling 119. They should not attend the testing site at Smethwick Council House.