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How to book and carry out a home COVID-19 test

by Guy Murphy

If you are unable to travel to a test site, you can order a test to be delivered to your home.

The home testing kits are easy to use and adults and teenagers can carry out their own test. It is advised that teenagers are supervised, while any children under 11 must have their test carried out by an adult.

You can order a test online here or by calling 119.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Deputy Leader of the Council & Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “Ensuring that our residents have access to testing is vital to us stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our families and the most vulnerable in our communities.

“We have a number of test sites across Knowsley, including our sites in Huyton and Kirkby, along with our mobile unit and the regional drive through test centres.

“Home testing is also available for those who are unable to attend a test site. These can be ordered online or over the phone.

“We will continue to work hard to ensure that everyone in our borough can access testing and support. I would also ask that if you know someone in your community is vulnerable, or does not have access to the internet, that you share this information and the 119 telephone number with them.”

How to carry out a test

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water – this prevents the kit getting contaminated.
  • Clean a surface and then unpack the test onto the clean surface.
  • Use a mirror and locate your tonsils – or where your tonsils would be if you have had them removed – at the back of your throat.
  • Gently blow your nose into a tissue and dispose of it into a bin.
  • Take the swab from the testing kit and rub over both tonsils (or the back of your throat) for 10 seconds.
  • Using the same swab, insert it in your nose until you feel some resistance. Then rotate the swab for 10-15 seconds. You only have to do this in one nostril.
  • Insert your swab into the vial provide and secure the lid.
  • Follow the instructions provided to safely package your test and return it

View the full test instructions here.

Tests can be returned via Royal Mail Priority Post Boxes (you can find you nearest one online) or, if you are unable to post your test, you can book a courier by calling 119.

What to do if you experience symptoms

If you start to experience symptoms, it is important you and your household start to self-isolate and book a test. The main COVID-19 symptoms are a high temperature; a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

You can book a test online here or by calling 119. If your test is positive, engage with track and trace and help stop spread the spread.

Spread the word

If you know of someone who is unable to access a testing site, or does not have internet access, please share this information with them.