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A council-owned site on Commercial Road - the site of the former Sainsbury's superstore - is the new location for the city's Covid-19 test site. The Eldon Road test site closed on 25 June.

The new test site is open seven days a week, and from 8am until 8pm, and will provide bookable PCR test appointments for anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19, or who has tested positive using a rapid lateral flow test and needs a confirmatory PCR test. The Commercial Road test site will offer rapid lateral flow test kit collection in the near future.

Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson says:

“The city has a continuing need for a Covid-19 test facility. Throughout the pandemic the council has worked closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, using our knowledge of the city, to make sure we can provide suitable and accessible locations for residents to get tested. Along with the vaccination programme, testing is vital in the fight against coronavirus.”

The new site is easily accessible on foot. Those attending test appointments need to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practicing good hand hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.

Helen Atkinson Portsmouth City Council’s Director of Public Health says:

“Testing is going to be part of our lives as we continue our journey out of the pandemic. So having a centrally located test site for anyone with symptoms, or anyone who has had a positive asymptomatic rapid lateral flow test result, is crucial. Testing helps identify those with Covid-19 so they can isolate and help stop the spread of the virus, which as we know is highly transmissible, and even more so with the latest Delta variant.

“If you develop symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – isolate and book a test online or by calling 119. I urge everyone to keep going with the things we know help prevent the virus spreading – remember Hands, Face, Space, Fresh air at all times.”

An indoor Skate park, which is due to open in December, will use the former superstore building. Signage will direct people to the correct entrance for either the test site or the skate park.  Anyone attending an appointment test site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely; there is additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

Notes to Editors

  • Eldon Road test site closed on 25 June 2021
  • Northarbour Road test site is due to close in September 2021
  • The new test site is located at 315 Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4BU (the site of a former Sainsbury’s superstore).

Testing at a regional test site is booked online: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test