18 Oct 2021

Where to get a Covid PCR test in St Helens if you have symptoms of Coronavirus.

A local testing service (LTS) is located at Fairclough Street car park in Earlestown open daily 8am-8pm.  From 1st November, opening times will reduce to 8am-6pm.

A Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) located at Birchley Street car park in St Helens town centre from Friday 1st October - 31st October is also open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm for booked Covid-19 PCR test appointments.

Appointments at both sites MUST be booked online at: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling NHS 119.

Only people with Covid-19 symptoms - new, continuous cough; high temperature over 37.8 or a loss of or change in their sense of smell or taste – should book a test.

You can drive to the site or turn up on foot but tests are by appointment only - anyone who attempts to turn up at the testing facility without an appointment and a QR code will be turned away.

The safety of both staff and people attending testing sites is paramount and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated including petty vandalism and antisocial behaviour. Staff will not hesitate to call the police.

A time slot and the location of the unit will be provided upon booking. Instructions on how to take the test and how and when people they will receive their results will be provided when taking the test. People without a booking and QR code will be turned away - without exception.

Residents are reminded of the need to ensure social distancing, wearing of face coverings, hand washing and the need to self-isolate if someone in the household has symptoms to protect the virus spreading to the most vulnerable.

If you don't have symptoms you are advised to use take a lateral flow test twice a week - especially if you are going into work or have children in school. These tests can be carried out at home. Please click here for more information on ordering a kit.  You can also pick up kits at local pharmacies.

Self-isolation rules have changed.  Please visit the UK government website here  for information on isolating if you have symptoms and/or test positive.