Coronavirus Testing

Testing for Coronavirus

Tests for people who DO have coronavirus symptoms

Anyone showing any of the symptoms of

  • a new continuous cough
  • a fever
  • a loss of/ change in smell or taste 

should immediately arrange to get a coronavirus test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119. Tests can be booked at local test sites, or a home test kit can be requested if you cannot get to a test site.

May 2021 dates and locations for Mobile Testing Units.

You should also get a test if you have been asked to get tested by: 

  • NHS Test and Trace
  • Local Council 

You can get a test for yourself or on behalf of someone you live with

You can get one test for each person with symptoms.

You can ask for a test for a child who lives with you, whatever their age. 


SMART tests for people who DO NOT have coronavirus symptoms

People in England can now access twice-weekly rapid tests for coronavirus.

Rapid tests are tests for people without the coronavirus symptoms and they usually provide a result in around 30 minutes.

One in three people with coronavirus show no symptoms, which means they can accidentally spread the COVID virus without knowing.

Taking a rapid testing twice a week will find those invisible cases and help prevent the spread of infection.

Rapid coronavirus testing involves taking a throat & nasal swab, dropping the sample into the container supplied and then checking the result after 20 to 30 minutes.

Rapid test kits can be collected from Bootle Town Hall and Splash World in Southport from 8am-8pm seven days a week. No appointments are needed.

Kits can also be collected between 2.30pm and 8pm, seven days a week, from walk-through Local Test Centres opposite Bootle Town Hall and at Crosby Library Car Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall. No appointments are needed.

They are available from all Sefton’s pharmacies.

And they can be ordered online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Assisted testing

People can also choose to have assisted testing at one of Sefton’s SMART test sites, which are also open 8am to 8pm seven days a week and located at Bootle Leisure Centre and at Splash World in Southport.

Anyone who gets a positive result from a rapid test must self-isolate for 10 days and immediately book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Eligible people who test positive are entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace.

Check on the live Find a Test map to see if the sites are busy and how long you might have to wait. 

Self-Isolating

Anyone whose SMART test result is positive is now required by law to self-isolate for 10 days, in line with national regulations.

A follow-up PCR test to confirm the positive result is no longer required.

Visit our Help with Self-Isolating pages.

Support payments

If you are working, on a low-income and are required to self-isolate, you could be eligible for a £500 payment.

Find out how to apply for a Support Payment.

NHS Test and Trace service

If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service it means you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Contact will usually be by text, email or phone call so if you see something that is unexpected or official-looking, it’s important you respond to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

No legitimate person contacting you about Test and Trace will ever ask for payment or your bank details.

To stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton, it is really important you follow the NHS guidance.

If you are contacted, you should visit https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk and register. You will be asked to provide some information, confidentially, about your health and will be given advice to keep yourself and others safe.

The contact tracer is there to help you and will want to make sure you have the right information and support you.

Find out more. 

 


NHS Test and Trace

The Government has launched the new NHS Test and Trace service across England.NHS Test And Trace TH

Test and Trace is designed to identify, contain and control Coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

It means that anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service it means you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Contact will usually be by text, email or phone call so if you see something that is unexpected or official-looking, it’s important you respond to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

No legitimate person contacting you about Test and Trace will ever ask for payment or your bank details.

To stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton, it is really important you follow the NHS guidance.

If you are contacted, you should visit https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk and register. You will be asked to provide some information, confidentially, about your health and will be given advice to keep yourself and others safe.

The contact tracer is there to help you and will want to make sure you have the right information and support you.

Find out more. 

 FAQ's

How does the NHS Test and Trace service work?

Test and Trace means that anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS and asked to share information about their recent interactions with other people.

This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.


What happens then?

Those people identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test result must then stay at home for 10 days.

They must do this even if they do not have symptoms, to prevent them spreading the virus without knowing.


What happens if those people in isolation develop symptoms?

People in isolation who develop symptoms can book their own test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 10 days or until their symptoms have passed.

If they test negative, they must complete the 10-day isolation period.


What about other members of those peoples’ households?

Other members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 10 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.


What are the symptoms I should look out for?

If you develop a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a change in their sense of smell or taste you should immediately report these symptoms and book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus.


If I am told to stay at home, will I be eligible for sick pay?

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that those having to self-isolate will be eligible for statutory sick pay if they are unable to work from home.


If I am contacted by Test and Trace, how will I know what to do?

The Government has said that people who are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service will be given clear information explaining what they must do and how they can access local support if needed.

No legitimate person contacting you about Test and Trace will ever ask for payment or your bank details.

Guidance is also available online at gov.uk/coronavirus.

What local support is available?

Local support can include things like:

  • Urgent Food delivery
  • Local Food shop delivery information
  • General help with loneliness – A friendly call
  • Prescription collection
  • Help to get online, we can support you with your Wi-Fi Connection, Emails, Online Shopping and Skype and Zoom Calls to stay connected with friends and family
  • Access to YouTube so you can watch things like cookery demonstrations, exercise workouts etc.

Find out more about local support available during Covid-19.

Find out more about the local support available during Covid-19.

The current message for residents, business and other organisations is that there is currently no clinical or medical benefit to having an antibody test and that we would not encourage anyone to seek out, or agree to, a private test.

The only validated way to have an antibody test is to go through an NHS service, which is currently prioritising some patients, NHS and key workers in health & social care. However, this still only shows whether people have had the virus, not if they are immune and they should certainly not be seen as providing any kind of ‘immunity passport.

The Government has made clear that anyone testing positive will still be required to comply with social distancing measures and other guidelines such as wearing face coverings on public transport.

Antibody testing is being carried out because at this stage, it can improve understanding about the spread of the virus and help scientists learn about how the virus has spread. It is not being used to indicate to those who have had the virus that they will develop long-lasting immunity that would prevent them from getting the virus again.

There have been reports that private companies offering antibody tests for as much as £30 per person have been targeting schools and other organisations.

The best advice is to only have an antibody test if you are asked to do so by your employer, GP or when in an NHS setting like a hospital. If you are asked to be tested, please ensure that is through official NHS Test and Trace channels.

Questions & Answers on Test and Trace and Antibody testing.

 

 

In line with the Government’s requirements and guidance, Sefton Council has worked with its partners to develop a COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan.

Key aims of the Plan include:

  • using local knowledge, experience and expertise to prevent, manage and eliminate the virus over time as part of the national Test and Trace programme.
  • setting out an approach to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks developing;
  • protecting public health by identifying the source should there be a COVID-19 outbreak and implementing necessary measures to prevent any further spread;
  • outlining clear roles and responsibilities, response pathways and procedures should an outbreak occurs in Sefton;
  • making the most up to date and accurate information and advice available to local people.
  • learning lessons and sharing best practice to prevent and control future COVID-outbreaks.

Find out more and download our COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan.

Who can get tested?

The SMART testing sites in Sefton are open for frontline workers, and those with caring commitments during the lockdown, with no Covid-19 symptoms to get tested. These are workers who cannot work from home and also have physical contact with other people as part of their job. They include those who:

  • work in supermarkets or those shops that can open;
  • work in in schools or caring environments where on-site testing is not taking place;
  • are unpaid carers and volunteers;
  • are in other public-facing roles

If you are not a frontline worker or have caring responsibilities there should be no reason for you to need a symptom-free test during lockdown.

Do I need to book a test?

No. You can visit any SMART test centre from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. You just need a mobile number or email address to register when you arrive. 

Where are the centres?

  • Splash World in Southport*
  • Bootle Leisure Centre
  • Aintree Racecourse**

*Please use rear car park of Dunes/Splashworld, accessible from the Esplanade, opposite the Lifeboat Station.

** The Aintree Racecourse SMART centre will be closing at 6pm on Friday 30th April. 

You can access regular rapid testing using a home kit 

See how busy each one is in ‘live time’ on the Find a Test map. All sites are wheelchair accessible.

Map view

Click on the map pin for the address of each centre and directions to it. 

What do I do if I test positive?

Anyone whose SMART test result is positive is now required by law to self-isolate for 10 days, in line with national regulations.

A follow-up PCR test to confirm the positive result is no longer required.

Visit our Help with Self-Isolating pages.

How do I get a home test kit?

You can no longer get a home testing kit if you have no symptoms, they are reserved for people with symptoms.

 

Where are the walk-through test sites?

Four local walk-through test centres are open every day from 8am to 8pm in Sefton, providing easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Land, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Do I need to book?

To use the walk-through process, you first need to book a test.

You can do this online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 or Sefton Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140084. Advisers will support you to book a test if you do not have access to the internet.

You will then receive a confirmation email or text message containing the date and time of your appointment and a QR Code, which you will need to show when you go for their test.

What's the process once I'm at the test centre?

When you arrive at the test centre, you should be wearing a mask or face covering and if there are queues, you are asked to remember social distancing and stay 2 metres apart.

As you go through the security check your QR Code will be scanned and your ID checked. You will then be given a test kit and hand sanitizer and directed to a testing bay where you can take the test in line with the instructions provided.

On completing the test, you will need to signal a member of staff who will check all the items are packaged correctly. They will then seal the bag, register the completed test and provide you with a test registration card or receipt card, which you should keep.

You will then be asked to place your completed and registered kit into the storage provided and to sanitize your hands before leaving the site.

Taking the test itself means taking off your face covering but you need to put this back on having completed the test process and before leaving the test bay.

When will I get my results?

People’s results will be sent to them via text message or email within 72 hours of taking the test.

 

Whether using one of our walk-through test sites, or one of the numerous pop-up mobile drive-through sites, you first need to book a test.

You can do this online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 or Sefton Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140084. Advisers will support you to book a test if you do not have access to the internet.

You will then receive a confirmation email or text message containing the date and time of your appointment and a QR Code, which you will need to show when you go for their test.

Dates and locations for May 2021:

    • Saturday 1 Ainsdale
    • Sunday 2 Southport
    • Monday 3 Southport
    • Tuesday 4 Litherland
    • Wednesday 5 Litherland
    • Thursday 6 Litherland
    • Friday 7 NO MOBILE TESTING
    • Saturday 8 Ainsdale
    • Sunday 9 Ainsdale
    • Monday 10 Ainsdale
    • Tuesday 11 Litherland
    • Wednesday 12 Litherland
    • Thursday 13 Ainsdale
    • Friday 14 NO MOBILE TESTING
    • Saturday 15 Southport
    • Sunday 16 Southport
    • Monday 17 Southport
    • Tuesday 18 NO MOBILE TESTING
    • Wednesday 19 Ainsdale
    • Thursday 20 Litherland
    • Friday 21 Litherland
    • Saturday 22 Southport
    • Sunday 23 Southport
    • Monday 24 NO MOBILE TESTING
    • Tuesday 25 Ainsdale
    • Wednesday 26 Ainsdale
    • Thursday 27 Litherland
    • Friday 28 Litherland
    • Saturday 29 Ainsdale
    • Sunday 30 Southport
    • Monday 31 Southport

People’s results will be sent to them via text message or email within 72 hours of taking the test.

Vaccinations

GPs, working together with Sefton’s two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), are rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations across the Borough.

People most at risk of COVID-19 or aged over 80, and care home staff and residents are being invited for their immunisation first. From Monday 18th January letters started being sent to people in England aged 70 and those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

If you are over 70 and have not yet been contacted for an vaccine appointment, then please contact the NHS at 119 or the NHS website

Those under 70 are asked not to contact their GP practice or the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you. And when you are offered an appointment, please attend at the booked date and time.

Find out more about vaccination in Sefton.

T get a vaccination, you need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

You can find the Government's Easy Read information here.


Last Updated on Thursday, May 6, 2021

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