As of 6th November 2020, free regular COVID-19 (Coronavirus) testing is now available to everyone who lives or works in Liverpool – including children and people who do not have symptoms.
This is part of a pilot set to last 10 days but expected to last around a month.
By taking part in city-wide testing, this will help to stop the spread of the virus in Liverpool, could allow a return to socialising and help to roll out mass testing throughout the country.
There are two types of test site in Liverpool – depending on whether or not you have symptoms.
This is to keep everyone safe and you will be directed to the right site for you.
Six test centres have been set up in the city for people who don’t have symptoms, with more sites planned to open:
- Alsop Lifestyles, 1 Walton Village, Walton, L4 6RW
- Ellergreen Lifestyles, Carr Lane, L11 2XY
- Exhibition Centre Liverpool, King's Dock, Port of Liverpool, Liverpool L3 4FP
- Garston Lifestyles, Long Lane, Garston, L19 6PE
- Liverpool Tennis Centre, Wavertree Sports Park, Wellington Road, L15 4LE
- Park Road Lifestyles, Steble Street, L8 6QH
These sites will be open 12pm to 7pm.
To book a test if you don’t have symptoms, go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
You will need to answer how you don’t have symptoms, whether you’re a key worker and that you are a part of the pilot project and living/working in Liverpool.
People who have symptoms will be given appointments at different centres and shouldn’t attend any sites intended for those who are symptom-free.
The three main symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you are displaying one or more coronavirus symptoms, you will need to book online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and answer “Yes” when asked if the person needing a test has symptoms. Alternatively, call 119 to arrange your booking.
You will be offered either the existing swab test or the new lateral flow test.
You’ll get the results on the same day, by text or email. If you test positive, you must self-isolate.
At centres, please follow social distancing measures to keep one another safe.
If you’re classed as clinically extremely vulnerable or cannot get to a test site, you can order a home test instead.
For more information:
Government website guidance for the pilot www.gov.uk/guidance/getting-tested-for-coronavirus-if-you-live-or-work-in-liverpool
Liverpool City Council guidance for the pilot https://liverpool.gov.uk/communities-and-safety/emergency-planning/coronavirus/how-to-get-tested
NHS website information on shielding www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do