A symptom-free Covid testing centre for residents of West Oxfordshire is to open next week.

The site, hosted at Brownes Hall in the town centre, will open on Monday (March 29), and allow locals to get a lateral flow test even if they do not have any coronavirus symptoms.

Any residents who work or volunteer in a role where they have close contact with people outside their home, including childminders, are eligible for the tests.

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The testing site has been set up by West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, and will be open six days a week. Further details will be posted on the Oxfordshire County Council website once the site is open.

Symptom-free testing is also available through workplaces, with the four sites across Oxfordshire making the testing available to any eligible people who do not have access to workplace testing.

It comes just days after Carterton's LloydsPharmacy opened as a Covid vaccination centre.

Councillor Michele Mead, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “It is great we have been able to bring a new symptom-free testing centre to West Oxfordshire that will help us keep the infection rates across the area low, saving lives and protecting the NHS.

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“I would urge people to make use to the symptom-free tests if they are eligible and would like to remind people to visit the county council website to book their appointment before attending.

“Massive thanks go to the council staff and volunteers who will be running this centre along with our partners at the Oxfordshire County Council.”

Anyone who is showing symptoms of coronavirus should book a PCR test through the Government website.

These tests are done at different testing sites across the county.