Symptom-free COVID-19 Testing

Anyone in West Lancashire is now eligible to access free, rapid coronavirus tests for themselves and their families to use twice a week.  Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, regular testing is going to be an essential part of the easing of restrictions as it will help us quickly suppress the spread of variants. 

How do the tests work?

Taking a rapid test (also called a Lateral Flow Test or LFT) involves taking a sample from the back of the throat near the tonsils and from the nose, using a swab.

The swab is dipped into an extraction solution. This is then dripped on to the device's paper pad, producing the reaction that gives the result.

The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes. Those who test positive must immediately self-isolate to avoid passing the virus on to others.

How do I get a test?

There are a number of places across the Borough where you can pick up testing kits to use yourself at home.

Use the NHS site finder to find your nearest rapid test collection sites.

(we do not currently offer supervised LFTs)

Other options

Other ways you can also access free rapid testing: