Thousands of people have been using the rapid mobile testing vehicles located across Wirral this summer so they can carry out twice weekly LFD testing and keep themselves and their loved ones safe from COVID-19.
Regular testing helps to identify infection quickly and with winter approaching, the weather becoming more unpredictable and unpleasant, symptom-free LFD testing will be moving indoors to make it a more comfortable environment for the public and staff.
Rapid symptom-free LFD testing will be available from Monday 4 October in a number of community centres throughout Wirral so that anyone can get a symptom-free test with the help of the testing team or pick up a collection of test kits to carry out at home.
New venues for winter include Bromborough, Greasby, Eastham and Rock Ferry libraries; Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre; The Little Centre in Beechwood; Jubilee Church in Wallasey; Sea Cadet Unit in New Brighton; Hoylake Community Centre and St. Andrews Church in Noctorum.
A full list of venues, dates and times is available at www.wirral.gov.uk/mobiletesting
The former House of Fraser building in Grange Road, Birkenhead remains open for anyone wishing to get a symptom-free test with the help of staff or collect home test kits.
Former House of Fraser Building, Grange Road, Birkenhead, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:15pm Saturday, 9am to 2:15pm. Closed Sunday.
Another symptom-free LFD testing site is set to open in Liscard shopping centre later in October to ensure testing is available in the heart of our communities throughout the winter.
1 in 3 people with coronavirus show no symptoms, meaning they can spread it without knowing, twice-weekly rapid testing enables us to find these cases and prevent the spread of infection.
There are a number of ways you can access symptom-free testing including your workplace, schools, community testing centres or at home. Testing kits are free of charge and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. It takes less than 30 minutes and means positive cases can isolate immediately and get a confirmatory PCR test.
From a Pharmacy
You can collect symptom-free LFD tests from over 80 pharmacies in Wirral. People aged over 18 without symptoms can visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of seven rapid tests to use twice a week at home. From Monday 4 October you will need to register for a collect code via gov.uk/get-collect-code or 119 prior to collecting your test kits from a pharmacy. Find out where you can Pharmacy Collect in Wirral
From Council buildings
You can pick up testing kits at the following locations:
- the central libraries in Bebington, Wallasey, West Kirby and Birkenhead
- Europa, West Kirby and Guinea Gap Leisure Centres
- families using Seacombe, Bromborough and Brassey Street, Birkenhead Children's Centres can collect testing kits.
If you run a high-risk business in Wirral, you can register to order symptom-free (LFD) test kits for your staff. Kits are free of charge and will enable your staff to test themselves twice a week in line with government guidance. A full list of those eligible businesses and how to register is available at COVID-19 symptom-free testing kits for businesses.
Charities and community organisations
If you operate a charity or community organisation in Wirral, you can register to order symptom-free (LFD) test kits to distribute to your community. Kits are free of charge and will enable your community members to test themselves twice a week in line with government guidance. A full list of those eligible groups and how to register is available at COVID-19 symptom-free (LFD) test kits for charities and community organisations
If you feel unwell or have any of the main symptoms COVID-19, a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of sense of taste and/or smell you should NOT attend the symptom-free testing sites. Please self-isolate and get a PCR test.
More information on all of the ways you can access testing in Wirral is available at: www.wirral.gov.uk/test or by calling the Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050.