A NEW Covid-19 testing centre has opened.

Brownes Hall in Carterton opened as a symptom-free site yesterday.

Prior to that, Witney MP Robert Courts was among the first to be tested, alongside West Oxfordshire District Council leader Michele Mead.

Both took a lateral flow test to help site staff prepare for the opening, with their negative results available in under an hour.

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Mr Courts said: “This site is going to play an important role in helping to keep local infection rates low and I encourage everyone eligible to get tested to help protect their community.”

People will be able to book an appointment if they work or volunteer in a role where they have close contact with people outside their household and do not have access to workplace testing.

The site will be open six days a week, between 8.30am and 7pm (Monday to Friday), and 8.30am to 12.30pm (Saturday).

Tests are free and can be booked through the Oxfordshire County Council website.