A number of changes are being made to Covid-19 testing sites in Shropshire, as people are encouraged to take twice-weekly rapid Lateral Flow Tests at home.

But the testing site on Smithfield car park in Ludlow town centre will be operating as before although there have been calls for it to be relocated to the Eco Park.

“Regular testing as part of our everyday lives will play an important role as restrictions are cautiously lifted,” said Rachel Robinson, Shropshire’s director of public health.

“We strongly encourage people in Shropshire to test twice a week using the rapid Lateral Flow Tests. These are now readily available across the county in various locations to test at home, and will give a result in about 30 minutes.

“These tests are an important tool alongside ‘hands, face, space, vaccinations and fresh air’, in allowing us to move forward safely as we ease out of the third Lockdown.

People with Covid-19 symptoms should but book a PCR test online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.