Sefton Gets First COVID-19 Local Testing Sites

The first ever dedicated walk-through Covid-19 testing sites in Cheshire and Merseyside are to be deployed in Sefton.

The semi-permanent sites, known as Local Testing Sites (LTS), are being created in both Bootle and Southport, with the first of these set to go live this Friday 31st July in Bootle.

LTS are designed to supplement existing testing routes such as Regional and Mobile Testing Units.

They are the first to offer bespoke walk-through appointments; to improve access for the whole community, especially those who do not have access to a car or should not be using public transport because they have symptoms.

Unlike Mobile Testing Units, which are often deployed for around four days, the LTS will be open for several months to ensure that accessible testing is continually available to people within their communities.

Each LTS will have between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour.

The sites are being set-up at Bootle Town Hall and Southport Town Hall , and users will be asked to self-swab when attending. The LTS will operate by appointment only which can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Please note:

  • Book via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
  • Sites are wheelchair accessible
  • They are self-test sites
  • All people attending must wear a face-mask, except children under the age of 3 years
  • Must arrive on foot/cycle/motorbike
  • Need booking confirmation or QR code and/or valid form of ID
  • Attendees need to keep to a 2m social distance rule
  • There can be segregation for religious/cultural reasons.