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Reminder about when and where to get tested

by Guy Murphy

When and where to access regular COVID-19 testing

Regular testing for COVID-19 is essential in order to detect people who have the virus – with or without symptoms. Importantly, they can then self-isolate and stop passing on the virus to other people.

Knowsley residents are urged to take up regular (twice weekly) testing to support the borough’s recovery efforts and ensure that we continue to move along the Government’s recovery.

Remember if you have symptoms or if you, anyone in your household or support bubble tests positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days to prevent the further spread of the virus.

You can find out more about lateral flow tests and how to carry out a test here. 

How to access testing in Knowsley:

If you have COVID symptoms

If you have any of the COVID symptoms (high temperature, new or persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell), stay at home and book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. There are 3 testing sites in Knowsley for people displaying symptoms (in Huyton, Kirkby and Stockbridge Village) and you will be offered the first available appointment at a test centre. Please note, you need an appointment to attend these testing sites.

If you don’t have symptoms:

SMART Testing sites:

There are 7 SMART test sites operating across the Borough offering testing (through Lateral Flow Tests). You don’t need to make an appointment, but please only visit these sites if you do not display any symptoms. For the locations and opening times, click here.

You can also collect home testing kits from the SMART testing sites.

Remember a positive test means you have COVID-19 and you (and others in your household, support bubble and close contacts) need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Click and collect

You can collect rapid (lateral) tests from Huyton, Kirkby and Stockbridge Village to carry out regular testing at home. These sites are open from 2.30pm until 8pm 7 days per week – no appointment is needed but please only attend during the specified times.

You can also collect test kits from the SMART Testing sites across the borough. For the locations and opening times, click here.

You can find you nearest site here: https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

Education

All secondary school pupils in Knowsley are being provided with home testing kits to carry out regular testing at home.

Pharmacy direct

From April 9, Knowsley residents will be able to collect a FREE box of home tests from participating pharmacies across the Borough. You can find the nearest pharmacy to you via the NHS website.

LFD Direct

If you are unable to access tests via one of the above routes, you can call 119 and arrange for tests to be delivered to your home.

Positive result from a rapid (lateral flow test)

If you receive a positive test result from a lateral flow test you are required to book a confirmatory test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.

Importance of testing

COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person and many people can have COVID-19 without having any symptoms. That’s why regular testing is essential – it will identify people who have the virus so that they can self-isolate and stop passing it on to others.