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:
Community Testing sites:
There are 4 Community 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.
11a Market Square
Unit 1, 22 Derby Road
The Halewood Centre
Prescot Shopping Centre,
All sites will be operating the following hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 09:30 – 16:30
Friday 09:30 – 16:00
Saturday 10:00 – 16:00
You can also collect home testing kits from the Community 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.
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.
All secondary school pupils in Knowsley are being provided with home testing kits to carry out regular testing at home.
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.
When visiting a test centre, please ensure you input full address, contact number and, if possible an email address. If you don’t provide the correct information, we are unable to contact you with your result.