A CORONAVIRUS mobile testing site is opening in Fordingbridge but only for three days from today (Friday, February 19).

The testing site is located at the A338 slip road car park and will offer an appintment only service. 

The car park will be closed for the three days it is a testing site until February 21.

Councillor Edward Heron, New Forest District Council's cabinet member for planning and infrastructure, said: “We have been working with Hampshire County Council and the Department of Health and Social Care to identify sites in the district that can accommodate testing sites.

"This is particularly important so our residents in more rural areas, who may not have ready access to public transport, are able to quickly and safely access testing without the need to travel great distances.”

Previously the nearest testing site was at the Furlong car park in Ringwood.

Testing is free and involves a swab of the nose and back of the throat, and takes less than a minute to complete.