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Getting tested? Check ahead and avoid queuing

by Guy Murphy

If you planning to visit one of our SMART testing centres for those not experiencing symptoms, it is important you check how busy it is before you travel.

Knowsley currently has one of the highest rates of infection, with 1,407.9 cases per 100,000 population on 9 January. We know that COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person and so it is vital that we avoid large numbers of people at test centres and queues.

You can check where your nearest test centre is in the Liverpool City Region and find out how busy it is using the online interactive NHS map https://liverpool.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/findatestcenter.html

SMART testing identifies people who have the virus, but do not have symptoms, so that importantly they can self-isolate and stop (unknowingly) passing the virus on to others.

There are five test centres across Knowsley. The three main sites are open 7 days a week and the other two pop sites are open on specific days of the week.

Main sites

These sites are open to the public from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. School staff can access testing during a priority hour from 8am-9am.

Volair Huyton – Longview Dr, Huyton, Liverpool L36 6EG

Volair Halewood – Baileys Ln, Liverpool L26 0TY

Volair Kirkby – Cherryfield Dr, Kirkby, Liverpool L32 8SA

Pop up sites

Pop up sites are only open on specific days of the week.

Prescot One Stop Shop – Prescot Shopping Centre, Prescot, L34 5GA

Wednesday 9am to 5pm

Thursday 9am to 5pm

Friday 9am to 5pm

Saturday 10am to 4pm

Knowsley Village Hall – School La, Prescot L34 9EN

Monday and Tuesday 9am to 6pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

No appointment is needed and remember to only visit these sites if you do not have symptoms.

If you have symptoms (high temperature, new or persistent cough, loss of taste or smell), you and others in your household must stay at home. Book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.