Covid testing Leeds: Council opens three new testing stations for people who can't work from home

A new testing programme has been launched by Leeds Council for people across the city who can't work from home during the pandemic.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 12:28 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 12:32 pm

Leeds City Council has opened the three new stations for asymptomatic people across the city who can't work from home.

They will be located on the Leeds Beckett University Headingley Campus, the Leeds Beckett University City Campus and at The Old Fire Station in Gipton.

Public health chiefs in Leeds hope as many workers as possible will take part in the new initiative as around one in three people with coronavirus have no symptoms and so will spread it without realising,

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A person is tested for coronavirus in Leeds (photo: PA Wire/ Danny Lawson)

Councillor Salma Arif, Leeds City Council’s executive member for public health, said: “We’ve launched this initiative to help drive down transmission rates.

"Increased community testing is a vital additional tool at our disposal to help identify those who are infected and infectious, but unaware that they might be spreading the disease.

"Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and breaking chains of transmission.

“I’d encourage as many asymptomatic people as possible who can’t work from home to take advantage of this new service.

"By doing so, they’ll not only be protecting themselves, but also all those around them.”

The opening times are as follows:

Headingley Campus, Leeds Beckett University, LS6 3QS

Monday - Friday: 9.00am to 4.00pm

City Campus, Leeds Beckett University, LS1 3HE

Monday - Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

The Old Fire Station, Gipton, LS9 6NL

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 3.30pm

Wednesday 2.00pm to 8.00pm

Saturday 9.00am to 3.00pm

For full details of all COVID-19 testing options in Leeds, click here.