The Covid-19 Local Testing Site at Preston Park is being relocated to The Level. The move will take place in the week of 7 February.
Once operational, the relocated site at The Level will offer the same testing capacity and facilities, and similar accessibility as the current site at Preston Park.
Why the testing site needs to move from Preston Park
The Local Testing Site at Preston Park has been an important Covid testing site for the city since December 2020.
Twelve months of continuous operation at the current site at Preston Park has led to some ground damage. The relocation will allow land repair work to take place at Preston Park and for the ground to recover in time for summer events including Pride.
Why The Level has been chosen for the new site
We have worked closely with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to consider suitable alternative sites and a site on the west triangle of The Level has been chosen. This will allow the remainder of the area to continue to be used as public open space and for events.
There is a continued need for testing in the city and the new site at The Level will allow us to offer the same testing capacity and facilities, with similar accessibility as the current site at Preston Park. The site will be self-contained within a fenced boundary and have 24-hour security provided by UKHSA.
As with Preston Park the site is designed as a walk-up facility for people who have booked an appointment. It’s in a central location in the city with limited parking but is easily accessible on foot and has good cycle provision.
How to get a test during the relocation
Anyone who requires a PCR test should book through the usual route on the national booking website.
During the short relocation period, bookings will be suspended at this site.
There should be no disruption to testing access to residents. Testing capacity is available and residents will be shown current and suitable availability when they book, or they can choose to order a test to be sent to their home.
As a council, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of the city. Access to Covid-19 testing for people in Brighton & Hove remains of critical importance.