In-line with government guidance, everyone in Wirral can now access twice-weekly rapid symptom-free tests to help keep themselves and their household safe.
You can access regular symptom-free testing at one of our four Wirral Community Testing centres:
- Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.15pm
- Greasby Library, 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.15pm
- Eastham Library, 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.15pm
- Former House of Fraser Building, Birkenhead, 6 days a week (closed Sunday) 9am to 4.15pm.
You can attend the centres and take a test with the support of our staff or if you prefer you can now collect a box of kits for you and your household to use at home.
Secondary school and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.
For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home. Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus on GOV.UK
More information on all of the ways you can access testing in Wirral is available at: wirral.gov.uk/test or call the Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050.
What if my symptom-free test is negative?
If you receive a negative result, you must continue to follow the rules currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus. Testing should be seen as an additional measure only, and not a replacement for regularly washing your hands, wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance. Think: Hands, Face, Space!
What if my symptom-free test is positive?
If you receive a positive result, you and your household/bubble MUST self-isolate for 10 days (stay home). You may be contacted by Wirral’s Test and Trace team from an 0151 number and asked for information to help identify close contacts.
Help to isolate may be available at wirral.gov.uk/covidpayment and wirralinfobank.co.uk or by calling 0151 666 5050. If you receive a positive result from a symptom-free test you will need to get a confirmatory PCR test at one of our symptoms-only testing centres. Visit wirral.gov.uk/test or call 119 to book.
- If the PCR test comes back positive, then you must continue to isolate for 10 days since your initial ‘lateral flow’ test. Everyone in your household will be a ‘close contact’ and must also self-isolate for 10 days.
- If your PCR test is positive you must co-operate with Wirral’s Test and Trace team to provide details of your recent contact to ensure we can prevent further spread of the virus.
- With symptom-free testing, the self-isolation period includes the day your test was taken and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your 10-day isolation period starts on the 15th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th and you can return to your normal routine.