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Symptom-free testing

If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you can walk in (no appointment required) to our symptom-free testing station for a quick, free, supervised test (known as a lateral flow test):

  • St Mary’s Indoor Market, St Helens town centre

at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, 8.30am–6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10am–3pm

Access to the testing station is via the back entrance to the market, on Foundry Street opposite the World of Glass.

We've also opened a symptom-free station at Grange Valley Youth Centre in Haydock, open from 10am to 4pm on Monday to Friday until the end of January.

We will continue to offer supervised testing at both sites and through our mobile testing van.

Collect a home testing kit

You can also walk in to collect a COVID-19 home testing kit from St Mary's Indoor Market (subject to availability) or collect test kits from the pharmacy. 

There is no need to make an appointment to collect a home test kit. If you are 18 or over, you can collect two packs of home test kits; each pack contains seven tests.

Secondary schools and colleges will continue to provide tests for students to complete twice weekly at home until further notice.

You can also order them to be delivered to your home by visiting the government website.

Assisted testing

Three pharmacies in the borough are providing help for people who may be struggling with self-testing at home.

This may because of physically limiting conditions such as arthritis or because someone may not have used a lateral flow testing kit before.

Each of the three participating pharmacies - Lloyds on Warrington Road, Rainhill, Robins Lane in Sutton and Duke Street in St Helens - have specially trained staff on site available to provide assisted testing.

What does the test involve?

The test involves a swab from the nose and mouth, which is done by you. The results are usually available from 30 minutes to two hours later depending on demand. Please read this privacy notice.

If you test positive, you must isolate for up to 10 days. On days 6 and 7 of self-isolation, you should take another lateral flow test 24 hours apart. If both tests are negative, you can stop self-isolating. You will have received your result from NHS Test and Trace, via text message or email, and they will be in regular contact during your isolation period.

If you test negative, you can carry on your normal routine and remember to keep washing your hands and wear a face covering when appropriate.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate and book a test online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. If you have symptoms, please do not attend the symptom-free testing centres.