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Covid testing centres to open in Eye, Framlingham, and Debenham




Rapid testing centres for COVID-19 are to open in Eye, Framlingham and Debenham in the coming weeks, as part of a wider testing campaign from Suffolk County Council.

In total, 16 new testing centres have been announced to open in the county, in the same week as the South African variant is discovered across the border in Diss.

The centres will use ‘lateral flow’ testing to identify people who may have coronavirus but who do not have symptoms. The tests are for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus and cannot work from home.

Testing centres are to open in Eye and Framlingham. Picture: Keith Heppell.
Testing centres are to open in Eye and Framlingham. Picture: Keith Heppell.

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s leader and chair of the Suffolk Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said: “Testing is a key weapon in the battle against COVID-19, so we are delighted to be able to open a further 16 sites in more rural communities across Suffolk.

“Whilst Suffolk’s vaccine rollout programme rapidly picks up pace, we need people who can’t work from home and who don’t have symptoms to get tested twice a week. It’s how we will break the chain of infections and protect vulnerable people.

“It takes just 15 minutes to get a test and you get the results within the hour. 12,780 tests have already been completed. Suffolk needs everyone to play their part.”

The testing centre in Framlingham will open on Monday, whilst centres in Eye and Debenham will open next month.

  • February 22 - Framlingham Fire Station, Framlingham, IP13 9DB, open on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 0700 - 11:00 and Thur 15:00-19:00
  • March 1 - Eye Town Hall, 1 Broad Street, Eye, IP23 7AF , open on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 0700 - 13:30 and Thur 12:30-19:00
  • March 5 - Debenham Sports and Leisure Centre, Gracechurch Street, Debenham, Stowmarket, IP14 6BL, open on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 0700 - 11:00, and Thur 15:00-19:00

All centres are listed on Suffolk County Council’s website, including their addresses and opening times. The testing sites are operated on behalf of Suffolk County Council (SCC). Tests should be booked online or by phone in advance.



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