How can I get a symptom-free test?

You can collect a box of testing kits for you and your household to use at home or you can attend one of our symptom-free test centres to take a test with the support of our staff.

This is in-line with government guidance asking everyone to get tested twice a week. Testing kits are free of charge.

Where can I get a symptom-free test?

Mobile testing team

You can now get a test or collect a box of testing kits from one of our rapid mobile testing team when they are out and about in Wirral. No booking is required, just come and say hello.

The old House of Fraser building, Birkenhead, is a testing centre open everyday including weekends. The Cherry Tree shopping centre is open for testing every day including weekends. Or visit council buildings, a pharmacy or order a box by post.

Mobile testing locations are subject to change at short notice due to poor weather conditions or the need to target testing in a specific area. The mobile testing team are visiting:

Date Venue Opening time Testing time
Wednesday 19 January West Kirby Concourse foyer 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
Thursday 20 January Moreton Library 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
Friday 21 January West Kirby Concourse foyer 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  Rock Ferry Library 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
Monday 24 January Bromborough Library 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15m
  Floral Pavilion foyer, New Brighton 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
Tuesday 25 January West Kirby Concourse Leisure Centre foyer 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
Wednesday 26 January West Kirby Concourse Leisure Centre foyer 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
Thursday 27 January Moreton Library 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
Friday 28 January West Kirby Concourse Leisure Centre foyer 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  Rock Ferry Library 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm

Testing centres

You can visit our symptom-free testing centres at the former House of Fraser building in Birkenhead to collect testing kits for you and your household or take a test with the help of our staff. There is no need to book. 

Venue Opening times
Old House of Fraser building,
Birkenhead

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, last test 4:15pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm, last test 4:15pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm, last test at 3:15pm

Cherry Tree shopping centre

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, last test 4:15pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm, last test 4:15pm
​Sunday 10am to 4pm, last test at 3:15pm

From council buildings

You can pick up testing kits at the following locations:

From a pharmacy

You can collect symptom-free LFD tests from over 80 pharmacies in Wirral. People aged over 18 without symptoms can visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of seven rapid tests to use twice a week at home.

You will need to register for a collect code via gov.uk/get-collect-code or phone 119 prior to collecting your test kits from a pharmacy. 

Find out where you can Pharmacy Collect in Wirral 

By post

If you can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online from GOV.UK or by calling 119. These will be delivered to your home.

What the test involves

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

You need a mobile number or email address to register when you arrive. If you wear them, please bring your reading glasses with you, as you need to complete a form.

If you do not have mobile number or email address the staff will explain how you can get your test result.

What if my symptom-free (LFD) test is positive?

If you receive a positive result from a symptom-free LFD test you must isolate straight away but you no longer have to get a confirmatory PCR test. The UK Government has changed the rules temporarily while COVID-19 rates remain high across the country.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have one of the three main COVID-19 symptoms - a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to the sense of taste or smell - you should stay at home, self-isolate and take a PCR test.

Rules on self-isolation have recently changed. For the latest guidance go to NHS.uk

If you are required to self-isolate please visit our guide to self-isolation page for more information and support

The Wirral Infobank website has details of help you can get if you need to isolate

Some people may be able to get financial support if they have to self-isolate. Find out if you are eligible for financial support 

If you're self-isolating because you've been in close contact with someone who's tested positive

If you've been in close contact with someone who's tested positive for COVID-19 you can get a PCR test, whether or not you have symptoms.

If your home (self-reported) LFD test result is positive

If your LFD test (symptom-free) was taken at home (self-reported), you should self-isolate immediately but you no longer need to have a follow-up PCR test. For the latest rules on isolating go to NHS.uk