Humber Bridge coronavirus testing centre extended to include care home residents and over 65s

More people are now eligible for COVID-19 testing at the Humber Bridge car park after eligibility was extended to include care home staff and residents, people aged 65 and over, and those who need to leave home to work.

The extended eligibility means that care home staff and residents with our without symptoms of COVID-19 can now be tested, while people aged 65 and over can now be tested if they have symptoms.

Those who are required to leave home to go to work, such as shop keepers, delivery drivers and construction workers, can also be tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

This means those who test negative for COVID-19 can return to work as soon as possible, and those who test positive are able to recover.

NHS staff and other key workers continue to be eligible for testing at the Humber Bridge car park facility, which continues to operate on an appointment-only basis.

Anyone who has symptoms and lives with someone who meets any of the above criteria can also be tested.

The drive-through testing facility at the Humber Bridge car park (north) opened last week as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers.

The site sits alongside a rapidly expanding network of testing sites being set up around the UK, and follows the launch of the Government’s partnership with universities, research institutes and companies to begin rollout of the network of new labs and field testing sites across the UK.

Alternatively, those eligible can be tested at the mobile testing units in operation in Grimsby and Goole this week.

Professor Stephen Eames, Independent Chair and System Lead for Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: