September 18, 2020 3.26 pm This story is over 44 months old

New coronavirus testing site to open in Grimsby

Another option for a test in Greater Lincolnshire

A new COVID-19 testing site will open in Grimsby from next month as the struggle to get a coronavirus test continues across the country.

North East Lincolnshire Council has negotiated the site’s location at the Duchess Street Car Park in Grimsby.

Work to organise the testing centre will begin on October 1. A pilot exercise will be held on October 2 before the station is fully operational.

It has already been in use for some of the COVID-19 mobile testing unit since June, but only on selected days each month.

It is expected that it will help people who would find it easier to access Grimsby than others such as the Humber Bridge or the Lincolnshire Showground centre.

The site was chosen after discussions with Deloitte, who were commissioned by the government to establish sites in areas of the country where access to regional testing centres can be difficult for residents who don’t have access to vehicles.

Meanwhile, more than 10,000 coronavirus tests have been done in Lincolnshire this week, despite delays and capacity issues with the booking system, health bosses have claimed.