By Tara O’Connor, Local Democracy Reporter
A new coronavirus testing centre is up and running in New Addington.
The Local Testing Centre next to the leisure centre in Central Parade was opened on Friday.
The centre was operated by the government and is walk-through so can be accessed without a car.
But appointments at the centre still need to be booked in advance by calling 119 or online at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.
Anyone who has Covid-19 symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough, or a loss of or change to their sense of smell or test – can get a free swab test.
The test takes less than a minute and results are supposed to be available within 72 hours, but some have faced delays in results and difficulty getting a test.
The New Addington Local Testing Centre will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven-days-a-week.
Those being tested at the site have to observe social distancing, not travel by public transport or taxi, and wear a face covering.
There is also a mobile testing unit at Fairfield Halls three-days-a-week, which also needs to be booked in advance first.
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