Testing for COVID-19 in Sefton

Monday, December 21, 2020

Got coronavirus symptoms? Isolate and book a test

If you have any of the three coronavirus symptoms, you must get a test as soon as possible and you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. 

The symptoms are: a new continuous cough, a fever and a loss of or change in smell or taste. People should take the test within the first 5 days of showing symptoms.

How to book a test

You can book a test online using the government website here, using the NHS COVID-19 app or by phoning 119 between 7am and 11pm. Find out more here.


Get a SMART test if you DO NOT have coronavirus symptoms

Targeted, SMART COVID-19 testing for residents who DON’T have COVID-19 symptoms is now taking place at:

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

Each site is open from 9am to 6pm every day apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Monday 28 December and New Year’s Day. You do not need to book an appointment, so you can just turn up.

SMART testing will identify if you have COVID-19 but don’t know it because you don’t have symptoms. This reduces the chance of you passing it on to a friend or loved one who might be vulnerable.

You will get your result in 30 minutes. (People who have had a positive coronavirus in the past 90 days should not attend.) 

Find out more on the Sefton Council website.

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