Redbridge’s first permanent coronavirus testing centre will open tomorrow in Ilford.
The new walk-through facility will open at Mildmay Road Car Park, following “months of behind-the-scenes talks” according to the council leader.
The free swab test, available for even those with mild symptoms, can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Council leader Jas Athwal said: “Since the start of the pandemic I have been relentlessly pushing for a permanent Covid-19 testing facility in Redbridge.
“We are a densely populated, hugely diverse area and so it is essential that all local people can easily get tested close to home as soon as they experience symptoms.
“I’m really pleased that after months of behind-the-scenes talks Redbridge will now finally have a permanent testing centre, open to all our local residents, right in the heart of our community.
“This testing centre will run alongside the regular visiting centre in Gants Hill so people from across Redbridge should be able to access testing easily.
“If you’re displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19, make sure you go and get tested as soon as possible.
“Widespread testing and tracing is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our friends, families and neighbours safe and well.”
He also advised residents “to take care when they go out”, adding that the return of lockdown in Leicester demonstrates “we’re still far from home and dry where Covid-19 is concerned”.
Those being tested are asked not to travel by taxi or public transport and to wear a face mask both on the way to and from the centre and while inside.