COVID-19 Testing in Sefton

As well as getting vaccinated and continuing to practice Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air , getting regularly tested, and self-isolating when needed, are the best ways to help control the spread of COVID-19 and new variants of the virus. If you or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if your Lateral Flow test has a positive result, it’s crucial that you ALL self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test. This should be taken within 2 days of a positive result.

If the result of your PCR test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days. NHS Test and Trace will support you to understand your isolation end date.

If the result of your PCR test is negative, you no longer need to self-isolate.

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Getting tested – if you have symptoms

Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate straight away and book a PCR test by dialling 119 or visiting

You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result. Only leave your home to have a test.

Getting tested – if you do not have symptoms

Anyone can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms.

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus.

If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

Free home test kits can be ordered online from

They are also available, free from Sefton pharmacies.

They can also be collected between 2.30pm – 8pm, seven days a week, from walk-through Local Test Centres in Sefton. No appointments are needed. Walk-through test centres are located at:

  • Opposite Bootle Town Hall
  • Crosby Library Car Park
  • Netherton Activity Centre
  • Southport Town Hall.

Rapid testing for people without symptoms is also available at Southport’s Splash World, from 8am – 6pm, seven days a week, or from Bootle Strand (the former H Samuel unit) from 8am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10am – 4pm on Sundays.

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.

Help with self-isolating

We are all legally required to self-isolate for 10 days if we test positive for coronavirus or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. We could be fined up to £10,000 if we do not self-isolate.

But isolating doesn’t mean you should be isolated.

Sefton’s self-isolation support service is available on 0345 140 0845. Once through choose OPTION 3 to make sure you speak to a member of the team as quickly as possible.

The service can help you with:

  • accessing food, whether through priority delivery slots for your grocery shopping or access to your local foodbank
  • help with mental health as you deal with loneliness and boredom
  • your caring responsibilities
  • financial support if you are on low income and unable to work from home (Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme)

If you are working on a low-income and are required to self-isolate, you could be eligible for a £500 payment. The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme has been extended to 30 September 2021. The scheme includes parents or guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate if they need to take time off work to care for a child or young person who is self- isolating and the match all the relevant criteria.

Claims must be made up to 28 days after the first day of an individual’s period of self-isolation. Your claim will not be accepted if you make an application at a later date.

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Fully vaccinated critical workers
Fully vaccinated critical workers are to be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances under new plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services. This is a short-term measure before the exemption for fully vaccinated contacts is introduced on 16 August. For more details go to: