Targeted testing in parts of Oldbury and Tipton as variant first discovered in South Africa identified

Extensive surveillance of Covid-19 has identified a case on the border of Oldbury and Tipton of the variant first discovered in South Africa.

Robust contact tracing in partnership with NHS Test and Trace and Public Health England (Midlands) has traced the person’s contacts and asked them to self-isolate.

Sandwell Council, working with NHS Test & Trace, is now setting up a mobile testing unit (MTU) at the Pure Gym car park in Dudley Port for testing people without symptoms.

They will be strongly encouraging people aged 16 and over without symptoms within specific streets in the Oldbury/Tipton border area to take a PCR Covid-19 swab test, even if they are not showing any symptoms.

These include specific streets within the wider DY4 7, DY4 8 and B69 2 postcode areas, in an area loosely between Birmingham Canal in the north, New Birmingham Road in the south, Coneygree Road in the west and Vaughan Trading Estate in the east. See the map at the bottom of this webpage.

The mobile testing unit at the PureGym car park in Dudley Port will open from 10am-3pm tomorrow (Wednesday 17 March) for walk-in tests and booked drive-in tests. A booking system for drive-in appointments will be available on the council’s website later today.

From Thursday (18 March), the mobile testing unit will be open 9am-3pm seven days a week for walk-in tests and booked drive-in appointments.

Go to the council’s testing webpage to check if you’re in the area where you need to get a test and details of how to book.

For anyone who is not online or has questions about the targeted testing in the Oldbury/Tipton border area, please call the Healthy Sandwell team on 0800 011 4656 for advice.

People with symptoms of Covid-19 should continue to book a PCR test in the usual way, via the Government website or by calling 119. They should not attend the testing site at PureGym.

Click here to read more at the ThinkSandwell website.