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 book an appointment to 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.

Where can I get a symptom-free test?

Testing kits are free of charge and can be collected from the following locations to use at home:

Venue Opening times
The Floral Pavilion 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
Old House of Fraser building,
Birkenhead
Monday to Saturday 9am to 4:15pm 

You can also collect symptom-free test kits from the symptoms-only testing centres from 2:30pm to 8pm each day. View the locations

By Post

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.

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 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 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 and your household/bubble MUST self-isolate for 10 days (stay home) and you may be contacted by Wirral’s Test and Trace team from an 0151 number 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Help to isolate may be available at www.wirral.gov.uk/covidpayment  and www.wirralinfobank.co.uk  or by calling 0151 666 5050.

Book a test at our symptom-free test centres

You can book up to four days ahead, if slots are available.

Only days with available booking slots are shown on the booking calendar. If there are no booking slots available, please try again the following day.

After you book an appointment you will receive a confirmation email from NO-REPLY@simplybook.me. Simply Booking is the system we are using to manage appointment bookings.

When you book an appointment we will email you a ticket. Please bring the ticket to your appointment. You'll need to show it to staff when you enter the site.

You can do this by showing them a copy of the ticket on your mobile or bringing a printout of the ticket. You can also provide the staff with the 14 digit code from the ticket. This is displayed under the date and time of the appointment.