Testing sites for Coronavirus

Testing sites for Coronavirus

New testing site at Westgate, Skelmersdale

From Wednesday 18 November a new testing site will be open in the overflow car park close to Sandy Lane Health Centre in Skelmersdale.

Booking for tests opens at 10am that day with the first appointments being available from 2pm-5pm that day. After that testing will available 8am to 5pm on Thursday 19 November, and then from Friday 20 November the site will be open 8am–8pm seven days a week.

Although it is close to the health centre and behind the shops on Sandy Lane, the full address of the site is: Westgate Overflow Car Park, Westgate, Skelmersdale.

New testing site at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk

From Sunday 11 October, a testing site will be open on the tennis courts at Edge Hill University seven days a week between 8am and 8pm. This site is open to local residents as well as students.

This is a walk in facility. If you arrive by car, you will be asked to park your vehicle and walk to the testing site ready for your appointed time. If you arrive on foot, you will be directed by testing facility staff upon arrival and asked to follow clearly marked routes which avoid accessing the main areas of campus itself.

Members of the public attending for a booked test have been asked not to use any facilities on site during their visit and to follow the planned routes to reach the testing site and then leave the campus once they have taken their test.

Mobile testing site at West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale

A mobile coronavirus testing unit will be based at West Lancashire College in Skelmersdale on 21 and 22 November between 10.30am and 3.30pm. This unit will be for West Lancashire residents.

The unit will be based at: West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6DX

Testing to this site will be available to members of the public travelling by vehicle and on foot. You must book in advance in order to get a test, and you will only be able to book from the previous evening.

How to book a test

For any members of the public displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and wanting to apply for a test, please visit the NHS.uk dedicated COVID-19 testing site alternatively you can dial 119. Translation services are available on this number.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, then you must self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started and arrange to have a test. This means that you must not go to work, school, university or public places – work from home if you can.

If you live with someone who has tested positive, someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive, or you are told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace then you’ll also need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Further information on COVID-19 symptoms and what to do if you display symptoms are available here.

The latest information  on where people are required to wear facecoverings is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own.

A permanent testing site is also available in Haydock, and tests can be booked through the NHS.uk dedicated COVID-19 testing site. Alternatively you can dial 119.