Brixton Windmill Centre used for testing for Covid-19

The Friends of Windmill Gardens have signed an agreement allowing Lambeth Council to use the Brixton Windmill Centre as a community testing site for people who may have Covid-19 but are not experiencing any symptoms and so might unknowingly be spreading the virus. The centre will operate as a community testing site in January and February.

Around one in three people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, but they can still pass it on. The quick, free tests allow people to check if they have Covid-19, with results usually returned within an hour. An appointment must be booked in advance: walk-in requests will not be accepted.

Cllr Jim Dickson, Lambeth’s joint Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “These rapid tests are an important part of reducing the spread of Covid-19 in Lambeth as it will help to identify people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms but who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly.

“By getting tested and self-isolating if you have Covid-19, you can save lives and protect the NHS.”

Jean Kerrigan, Chair of the Friends of Windmill Gardens, said: “We must all play our part in stopping the spread of Covid-19, so we felt it was important to provide facilities where people can get tested.

“Because of the government’s total lockdown, all the activities that would normally take place in the centre, including the pop-up café, weekly tai chi sessions and monthly gardening sessions, are on hold anyway until the end of February.

“Our online shop will continue to operate, but delivery times may be longer, as we will have limited access to merchandise stored at the centre.”

See here for more information on how to book a free test if you have no symptoms.

Our volunteer millers are continuing to produce flour while observing the government guidance on social distancing. All flour we produce is delivered safely by our volunteers to our established retail outlets, including local shops that remain open to customers and those that are closed to the public but provide home deliveries of groceries. We also continue to make regular donations of Brixton Flour to two local food banks.

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