Coronavirus: Havant Covid-19 testing site pops up next to Havant Leisure Centre car park

A NEW Covid-19 testing centre has been set up next to a leisure centre.

The walk-in testing centre is located next to Havant Leisure Centre on Civic Centre Road and is due to open later this week.

Havant MP Alan Mak said: ‘As the government builds up its testing capacity, I am delighted that Havant will be getting its own dedicated testing centre.

‘Since the closure of the Tipner site in Portsmouth, I have been working with the government to ensure that there is additional local capacity.

Covid-19 testing site in Civic Centre Road, Havant. Picture: Sarah Standing (061020-4959)

‘Whilst coronavirus cases are low locally, I urge anyone who displays symptoms to contact NHS Test and Trace to book a test.’

A walk-through testing site has also been proposed for Cosham.

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Covid-19 testing site in Civic Centre Road, Havant. Picture: Sarah Standing (061020-4968)

It comes after the Covid-19 testing site in Tipner was moved at the end of last month overnight without warning to Portsmouth City Council.

The site was due to close on October 5, with a regional testing centre opening at Southampton Airport, but key workers turned up to the site near to the M275 on the morning of September 24 to find it gone, according to the GMB union.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the site moved ‘more than a week’ before that, but councillors say it was the Wednesday evening.

Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for health, Councillor Matthew Winnington previously said: It almost seems the DHSC didn’t know when it moved and that’s even more concerning.

‘We didn’t have a clue it would be moving earlier than planned. We have absolutely no idea why we weren’t informed.

‘It makes me feel ridiculous because people are then saying to me, ‘this test site has moved, do you know about that?’ and I have to tell them I didn’t know.’

Cllr Pitt told The News: ‘We found out because someone drove past the site and noticed it was gone.’

The News has approached Havant Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and Deloitte for further information about the site in Havant.

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