Last updated: 19 October 2020

Anyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can get a test.

Coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Do not get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms. This will make sure people who need a test can get one.

How can I get a test?

You must book an appointment below to take the test:

  • at a testing site near you and get your result within 72 hours
  • with a home test kit

You can get a test in Wirral at the places listed below. A limited number of tests are available as walk-ins at the Birkenhead, Bebington and Liscard local testing sites. Please check below for details. You must book an appointment if you need a test at all other sites in Wirral. Some testing centres are open temporarily, so please check the opening dates.

Location Opening hours Do I need an appointment?

Hamilton Building car park
Conway Street
Birkenhead

8am to 8pm
7 days a week

We recommend you book to guarantee a test. However, a limited number of walk-in non-appointments are available at this site.

Book a test

Car park off Civic Way
near Civic Centre and Police Station

Bebington

8am to 8pm
7 days a week

We recommend you book to guarantee a test. However, a limited number of walk-in non-appointments are available at this site.

Book a test

Car park off Seaview Road, near Liscard Community Facility Complex

8am to 8pm
7 days a week

We recommend you book to guarantee a test. However, a limited number of walk-in non-appointments are available at this site.

Book a test

Bidston Station park and ride

Open 7 days a week

Yes, you must book an appointment to get a test. This is a drive-through only site.

Priority testing will be given to symptomatic Key Workers and symptomatic individuals followed by asymptomatic Health and Social Care workers.

Book a test at Bidston

Car park at West Kirby Concourse

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 October

10am to 3:30pm

Yes, you must book an appointment to get a test:

Book a test

Liverpool Airport, Manchester Airport or Haydock

7 days a week

Yes

Find out more on GOV.UK

Home testing

Home test kits can be delivered to someone’s door so they can test themselves and their family without leaving the house.

Book a Home testing kit

What to do if you have symptoms

You need to get a test in the first five days of having symptoms. No testing should be done after day five, unless it’s for a specific reason agreed on a case-by-case basis by local microbiologists.

Everyone over the age of three who is showing symptoms can be tested.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must stay at home until you get your result.

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 can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

COVID-19 Test and Trace service

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 the NHS Test and Trace service will contact you.

Find out more about the Test and Trace service

Privacy information

Coronavirus testing privacy information is available on GOV.UK

Contact us

All testing communications will be sent  from covid19testing@wirral.gov.uk. Please use this email address if you have any questions about the testing process.

Wirral's COVID-19 Testing Strategy 2020-22