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Tests for people with symptoms

You must book an appointment if you feel unwell. 

The three main symptoms of Covid-19 are a high temperature, a persistent cough or a loss of smell or taste.

But there are other symptoms that have been reported by people who have tested positive, such as a persistent headache, diarrhoea, fever and chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose and nausea or vomiting.

You can read the other symptoms on the World Health Organisation website

Book online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

There is a regional testing centre at Haydock Park Racecourse and a Local Testing Station at Fairclough Street Car Park, Earlestown, which are open seven days a week between 8am and 8pm.

Please note these are strictly booking only.

Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) are also regularly located across the borough for a few days at a time and are normally targeted close to areas with higher rates of infection to provide support to get tested locally.

Current MTU locations are:

  • Clifton Street Car Park (open until 12th February)
  • Former Eccleston Park Golf Course (open until 6th February)

The test for symptomatic people involves a swab from the nose and the throat, which is done by you and also called a PCR test.

You can also order a home test kit to be delivered to someone’s door so they can test themselves and their family without leaving the house.

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