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 vehicles

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

This week they are visiting:

Date

Venue

Collect kits

Get a test

Monday 27 September Junction 1 Retail Park (M&S Foodhall) 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  Birkenhead Park 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  Hoylake prom (near RNLI) 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  The Green Hut, Leasowe 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
  West Kirby Sailing Centre car park 9:30am to 5:30pm  9:30am to 4:45pm
  Fort Perch Rock car park 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
Tuesday 28 September Tesco Bidston 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  Tesco Heswall 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  Bromborough Civic Way 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  West Kirby Sailing Centre car park 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
  The Green Hut, Leasowe 9:30am to 5:50pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
Wednesday 29 September The Croft Retail Park 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:45pm
  Victoria Park 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:45pm
  Aldi Bromborough 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:45pm
  West Kirby Sailing Centre car park 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
  The Green Hut, Leasowe 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
Thursday 30 September Tesco Heswall 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  Tesco Bidston 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:15pm
  West Kirby Sailing Centre car park 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
  The Green Hut, Leasowe 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
  Fort Perch Rock car park 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
Friday 1 October Sainsburys Upton 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:45pm
  New Ferry Park 9am to 5pm 9am to 4:45pm
  West Kirby Sailing Centre car park 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
  The Green Hut, Leasowe 9:30am to 5:30pm 9:30am to 4:45pm
Saturday 2 October West Kirby Sailing Centre car park 10am to 4pm 10am to 3:15pm
  The Green Hut, Leasowe 10am to 4pm 10am to 3:15pm
Sunday 3 October West Kirby Sailing Centre car park 10am to 4pm 10am to 3:15pm
  The Green Hut, Leasowe 10am to 4pm 10am to 3:15pm

Please bear in mind - mobile testing locations are subject to change at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or the need to target testing in a specific area.

Testing centres

You can visit our symptom-free testing centre at the former House of Fraser building 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 4:15pm
Saturday, 9am to 2:15pm
Closed Sunday

From council buildings

You can pick up testing kits at the following locations:

  • the central libraries in Bebington, Wallasey, West Kirby and Birkenhead
  • Europa, West Kirby and Guinea Gap Leisure Centres
  • families using Seacombe, Bromborough and Brassey Street, Birkenhead Children's Centres can collect testing kits

From a pharmacy

A new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service has launched with over 80 pharmacies signed up so far to provide an additional route to regular symptom-free testing. 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.

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 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 test, you will need to get a confirmatory PCR test at one of our symptoms-only testing centres. Find out how to get a follow-up test

You MUST self-isolate for 10 days (stay home) and you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked for information to help identify close contacts.

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 get a PCR test. They will also need to self-isolate for 10 days from when they were last in contact with the positive case unless  any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

  • If your PCR test is positive you must co-operate with NHS Test and Trace 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.
  • Anyone who has had a confirmed positive result for COVID-19 must not book a symptom-free test until after 90 days from the date of the positive result.
  • 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 

Other reasons to get tested

Confirming a previous test result

Get a PCR test as soon as possible if:

  • you've done a rapid lateral flow test and had a positive result or your test sample could not be read (void result)
  • you had a PCR test and your test sample could not be read

If you have symptoms, stay at home until you get the result of the 2nd test.

Get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19 on GOV.UK

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 and arrange to have a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible. If the follow-up PCR test result is negative, you and your household contacts can stop self-isolating.