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The West Midlands hospital mothballed by Carillion’s collapse is set to host a coronavirus drive-through testing site.

Key workers will be tested on a car park at the Midland Metropolitan in Sandwell, as Balfour Beatty, which restarted main works just two months ago, continues work on the main building.

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The facility is being set up in the car park of the hospital

The project, which is not expected to open for two years, was halted in January 2018 after Carillion went bust.

Announcing the new testing facility, health minister Lord Bethell said the government was rapidly scaling up the national effort to boost testing capacity for coronavirus.

He said: “This new service will help end the uncertainty of whether NHS and social care staff need to stay at home meaning those who test negative will be able to return to work.”

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility has also been opened at Edinburgh Airport as part of the government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers.

The Edinburgh Airport site sits alongside a rapidly expanding network of testing sites being set up around the UK and is operating on an appointment-only basis for NHS staff and other key workers. The facility will be piloted for its first few days of operation.

The testing programme is being headed up by former Interserve chief executive Debbie White.