Wyre Council is proud to continue its support for the NHS, utilising community assets such as theatres and car parks and redeploying staff to help with the vaccine rollout, coronavirus testing and contact tracing through Test and Trace.

The council has provided two of their venues to be used as vaccination centres and thousands of people have now visited the Civic Centre in Poulton and Thornton Little Theatre to receive their vaccination. Working together with NHS Fylde Coast CCGs and local GP practices, both venues are now running extremely efficient clinics, helping the vaccination roll out to move at pace.

Car parks are also in use to help with coronavirus testing. As well as the testing centre at Albert Street car park in Fleetwood, mobile testing unit teams regularly operate a smaller drive through site at Ashdell car park in Thornton.

Through Wyre Together, the council has contacted thousands of vulnerable people on the NHS shielding list to offer help and support. Marine Hall in Fleetwood has been used as a base for this work and has also provided a place for Fleetwood Food Bank to operate from.

To support the council’s response to the pandemic, many staff have also been moved from their regular jobs into new roles. These range from working on the community hub, contacting vulnerable people to offer help and support, to working on the NHS Test and Trace programme. Working with the national Test and Trace programme, staff have been contacting local people who have tested positive, offering support to help them self-isolate and advising contacts to isolate too.

The council is also setting up regular symptom free testing for people who have to leave home for work and will soon be opening a testing site at Thornton Leisure Centre.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council comments, “We are doing everything we can to help the NHS respond to the pandemic in our area. We are using every resource available to us and it’s great to see the difference that this is making. We’ve had brilliant feedback from many people who have been to our venues for a vaccine or who we have contacted to check in on them. The work we are doing is making a real difference to people’s lives. I would like to thank all the staff at the council who are going above and beyond to help out and to the amazing staff at the NHS who are doing a fantastic job.

“I’d also like to thank local residents for their cooperation and for helping to drive down infection rates by sticking to government guidance. Wyre has one of the lowest rates in Lancashire and that is testament to this commitment. The NHS teams at our venues have received so many lovely gifts from people so thank you to everyone who has brought in chocolates and treats for them and also to the Bull pub in Poulton who kindly donated soft drinks and snacks for them too.”