Rapid Community Testing Centre Opening in Huddersfield

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A new covid-19 rapid testing centre for those without symptoms is opening at Upperhead Row, next to the Huddersfield Bus Station. This new testing centre will help residents and visitors who are asymptomatic, get regular rapid lateral flow tests.

When will it open? 

The Community Testing centre opens on Monday 2 August and will replace the testing centre at the Huddersfield Hudawi Centre.

There’s no need to book, visitors can just pop-in on their way to catching a bus or before meeting friends in town.

Upon arrival at the testing centre, visitors will be asked to register their details before entering the testing cubicle. They will then be asked to sanitise their hands, take the test and hand it over to a member of staff.

From arriving on site to leaving, the whole process will take around 15 minutes.

How long will it take for my result to come through? 

The tests are processed on site, and visitors will receive their results within 40 minutes of taking the test via text message or email.

All tests are self-administered and staff will be available to answer any questions and guide people through the process. All staff will continue to wear face coverings and regularly wash their hands.

Visitors are asked to please wear a face covering when visiting the testing centre.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said:

“Now that restrictions have been lifted, we can all play our part to curb covid rates and look out for our friends, family, and neighbours.

This isn’t about restrictions anymore; it’s about us all making simple but effective choices which save lives.

By choosing to be kind, to give others space, to wear a face covering, and choosing to get tested, we are all exercising our freedoms to help others and protect our community.

I’m proud of all that we’ve done as a community throughout the pandemic, and I’m happy that we can continue to support residents to get tested for covid and help us stop the spread.”

The covid-19 vaccines can reduce a person’s risk of becoming seriously ill, but people can still pass covid-19 onto others even after they have been vaccinated.

While many in the population are still waiting for their first or second dose, getting tested regularly is one thing residents can do to protect their community.

The new community testing centre will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.

Anyone displaying covid-19 symptoms should book a PCR test, find out more about PCR test and symptomatic testing: kirklees.gov.uk/covid19testing