Home testing kits available from mobile vans
Covid home testing kits for families will be available from a mobile van in parts of Northumberland in a new pilot programme for the next two weeks.
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) have offered a mobile unit for use in the county to improve access to home testing kits for families and support bubbles of school age children.
The vehicle will be in the Forum Way car park at Manor Walks in Cramlington on March 30 and March 31, from 9am to 3pm.
Then at Ellington Welfare Social Centre car park on April 1 and 2.
More dates and locations will be confirmed soon.
The public will be able to collect home Covid test kits (seven tests per pack) and there is no booking required.
Currently residents in Northumberland can also pick up home testing kits at the DHSC Local Testing sites at Ashington and Blyth between 2.30pm and 8pm.
The mobile van pilot is aimed at those living in more hard-to-reach areas and people who might not easily be able to attend one of the other collection points.
Elsewhere, residents are reminded they still need to take precautions as some restrictions are changed this week.
From March 29, people can now meet outdoors in a group of six and take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
Director of Public Health Liz Morgan said: “We are making good progress as a county and a nation to drive down infection rates and the progress with vaccinations has been remarkable.
"However we are not out of the woods and as we carefully move forward, we need to continue to maintain the Hands, Face, Space guidance and continue to look after one another.
"We know the changing of restrictions can lead to temptation to act as though all is normal. We simply cannot afford to take that risk, whether we have been vaccinated or not.
“We've come so far in this pandemic but we have to keep doing the right things if we are to see restrictions ease further over the coming week and months.”