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Symptom-free testing

If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you can walk in (no appointment required) to one of our symptom-free testing stations for a quick, free, supervised test:

  • St Mary’s Indoor Market, town centre
  • Chester Lane Community Centre, Sutton Manor

at the following times:

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

As the focus shifts to easily accessible at-home and mobile testing, we have closed our other supervised symptom-free testing sites in the borough (Perth Community Centre, Grange Valley Youth Centre, Torus Housing Office).

We know, however that this form of testing is not accessible to all and so we will continue to offer supervised testing at St Mary's Market and Chester Lane, 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 either of the above sites (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 have launched an assisted testing scheme in the borough, 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 10 days. Everyone in your household will be a 'close contact' and must also isolate for 10 days. 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, wear a face mask when appropriate, make space and limit your contacts with others to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19.

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.