West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has spoken directly with Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock about providing local Covid-19 testing in West Lancashire.

A mobile testing unit scheduled for Skelmersdale on 3 and 4 October failed to turn up leading to further concerns from MP Rosie that testing is not being made available in the town.

Rosie Cooper MP spoke to the Health Secretary on a call on Monday who committed to working together with the West Lancashire MP to resolve the situation and ensure adequate testing is in place.

A testing site is now planned for Skelmersdale at West Lancashire College on Sunday 17 October while Edge Hill University has been confirmed as a permanent walk in test site 8am-8pm 7 days a week.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Throughout this pandemic West Lancashire has been badly let down by Government when it comes to testing with minimal, sporadic testing sites available, a lack of home testing kits available and residents across the borough being advised to travel to Haydock, Blackburn or Manchester to be tested.

“Constituents have been approaching me for support when needing tests and being unable to get them.

“I have contacted the CCG, Lancashire County Council, NHS Test and Trace and this week speaking with the Secretary to ensure West Lancashire residents can access testing which is vital to keep them safe and the people they come into contact with.

“I am pleased that the Secretary of State for Health has committed to resolving this farce and that there is now more testing availability planned for West Lancashire.”

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