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New coronavirus testing centre for Gloucester

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A new regional COVID-19 testing centre will open in Gloucester later this week.

The centre will be at Hempsted Meadows, on the site of the former car boot sale, from Friday, June 5.

Sarah Scott, chair of the county's Strategic Coordinating Group and Director of Public Health said: "This is fantastic news. Being able to test significantly more people each day is a huge step forward in managing future spread of C-19 in the county and beyond.

"From the start of this outbreak we have worked closely with partners across the county, regional and nationally.

"It's these strong working relationships that helped secure this centre for the county. Thank you to all involved."

Gloucester has had a mobile testing centre at Oxstalls Tennis Centre since the beginning of May which will be open until Sunday, June 7, as well as the NHS testing centre in Brockworth for key workers.

The Oxstalls site has dealt with almost 4,000 people since it was opened on May 7, initially for just five days.

The new testing centre will be on land formerly occupied by Gloucester Car Boot and Flea Market, which will move to The Cattle Market in Ross-on-Wye from tomorrow.

Organiser Bob Newby said the decision not to renew the licence came as a surprise but a Gloucester City Council spokesman said it wrote to him in April to say it would not be renewed.

Gloucestershire County Council is distributing more than 240,000 copies of a COVID-19 safety leaflet to homes across the county.

Created in conjunction with the NHS, police, fire service and other organisations, the leaflet is designed to provide details of support and advice for anyone without access to the internet.

The leaflet includes the latest NHS information on how to stay safe, how to access free mental health support, how to report concerns about the welfare of vulnerable people and support available through the Community Help Hub and other networks.

You can find details of how and when to get tested on the NHS website.

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