Coronavirus testing stations coming to four towns

A host of new Covid-19 testing sites have been announced in Norfolk and Waveney. Picture: Master Sgt

A host of new Covid-19 testing sites have been announced in Norfolk and Waveney. Picture: Master Sgt. Matthew Plew - Credit: 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

A clutch of new mobile testing stations are being set up in towns across Norfolk and Waveney, for people who are eligible to be tested for coronavirus.

The stations, which can only be visited by people who have booked a slot, will bring tests closer to people’s communities.

They will be at:

? Lowestoft: Waterlane Leisure Centre, from now until Saturday May 2

? Diss: Friday May 1

? Thetford: Saturday and Sunday May 2-3

? Cromer: Monday May 4

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? Fakenham: Tuesday May 5.

Appointments must be booked via the national portal:

Essential workers such as NHS staff, care home staff and teachers also have the choice to book a test at three other permanent centres in Norfolk - James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, Centrum Centre near the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

Appointments for these locations cannot be booked using the national portal, they must be booked using a local system.

For those who can be tested using the national booking system:

? All available appointments are on the national portal

? Other testing stations that are bookable via the government’s national site include Copdock near Ipswich, Stansted and Peterborough

? There will be more temporary testing centres in place over the next few weeks.

If you are an NHS, care home or other key worker, you can choose to book into any of the permanent testing centres already set up in Norfolk and Waveney.

All other essential workers including care home staff: Ask your employer/line manager to email with their name, job title and contact number.

The registration team will contact them to register your organisation so you can then book an appointment. Your employer will be given a unique reference number and the contact details for your triage.