Poulton YMCA to be used for lateral flow testing

Lateral flow coronavirus testing is set to move from YMCA Thornton Leisure Centre to YMCA Poulton Leisure Centre.

This facility is for symptom free workers who have to leave home to work. The centre at Poulton will open for lateral flow testing from 12th April.

On 12 April Thornton Leisure Centre will reopen, alongside the centre at Garstang. This will be followed by the reopening of Fleetwood Leisure Centre including the pool, and the pool at Garstang on 1 May.

Fylde Coast YMCA, as the operator, has confirmed it fully intends to open all the centres and that Poulton Leisure Centre should reopen by September 2021. In the meantime it will provide a vital service allowing symptom free workers to get tested on a regular basis.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council comments, “Wyre Council has been requested by Lancashire County Council Public Health to provide Lateral Flow Testing facilities in the borough.   The council is already using the Civic Centre and Thornton Little Theatre for vaccination centres and now Poulton Leisure Centre will be used as a lateral flow testing site for as long as it is required.

“Lateral flow testing is critical to stopping the spread of coronavirus. Having a testing centre in Wyre means that anyone who has to leave home to work can get tested regularly and stop the spread if they test positive. The centre will open in April and we will confirm the date it will move from Thornton soon. Anyone who is self-employed or who works for a business not offering testing can drop in and get tested quickly, and get their results sent to them within 30 minutes.

“It is estimated that around one in three people might not display symptoms but are still infectious. Symptom-free testing allows us to identify more of these cases and break the chain of infection in our community. I’d like to thank everyone who has been tested so far, your efforts are making a real difference and I’m pleased to say Wyre currently has one of the lowest infection rates in Lancashire.”

“The testing centre is only for those going out to work and who do not have symptoms. Anyone else who is concerned they may have coronavirus should book a test in the normal way, through the NHS website, app or by calling 119.”

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “We are very much looking forward to seeing the leisure centres start to reopen and we’re pleased to have supported this by providing £1.5 million of additional funding across this financial year and next, plus securing National Leisure Recovery government grant funding of £235,000 for the Fylde Coast YMCA.

“The YMCA has previously announced its plan to reopen all the centres between now and September. We are pleased that centres and pools across the borough will begin reopening in the next couple of months and that we can utilise the centre in Poulton to provide this hugely important service to our residents.

“The centres will be assessed on their own performance and over a time period from when each one reopens, so to ensure their future success the public now need to show their support. YMCA staff are looking forward to welcoming members old and new and there are some great membership offers available. The YMCA has some amazing facilities and instructors and it’s crucial that people now take the opportunity to use them.”

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