A MOBILE coronavirus testing site will be operating, strictly by appointment-only, in Wirral from tomorrow until Tuesday.

Everyone over the age of five who is showing symptoms of the virus - high temperature, new continuous cough, or loss of or change to their sense of smell or taste - is eligible to apply for a test.

The mobile unit, facilitated by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), is in addition to Wirral's Satellite Testing Centre in Bidston and will be based in a different location.

The location of the site will be provided to individuals upon booking.

Residents who meet the above criteria can apply for a test via the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Anyone who attempts to turn up at a testing facility without an appointment will be turned away.

Essential workers, and members of their household, can apply for priority testing through www.GOV.UK.

Julie Webster, Wirral's director of public health, said: "This mobile testing offer is great news for Wirral yet again as many residents will be able to access testing for COVID-19 over the next few days.

"It's also a fantastic example of how partners across health and care are working together locally to respond to Covid-19.

"The mobile testing facility will support Wirral's satellite site in Bidston which continues to prioritise health and social care and other key workers.

"By increasing local testing, we will be able to slow the spread of the coronavirus and make sure people get the right advice for themselves their family and anyone they may have been in contact with.

"We know that this is a difficult time for people. Testing helps us understand the spread of the virus and how we can help to bring some normality back into people’s lives.

"Please do not visit the site without an appointment – you will not be tested but you may delay vital Coronavirus testing for those who need it.”

"This is a drive through, self-testing centre. People will need to drive in their own vehicle or via a vehicle driven by a someone in their household.

"Plans remain ongoing to widen the availability of testing on a more permanent basis. We will provide further information as these plans develop."