Testing sites for Coronavirus
Please note, the following testing sites are for West Lancashire residents with Coronavirus symptoms. To get a test at one of the sites named on this webpage you must book in advance on the NHS.uk dedicated COVID-19 testing site alternatively you can dial 119. Translation services are available on this number. Please note the dates for the mobile testing units are subject to change, but are planned to operate as normal over the Easter weekend.
Symptomatic mobile testing units in West Lancashire -October 2021
As well as the two permanent testing sites mentioned below there will be mobile testing units on the following sites at different dates. You must book in advance in order to get a test, and you will only be able to book from the previous evening. Tests can be booked on the NHS.uk dedicated COVID-19 testing site alternatively you can dial 119. Translation services are available on this number.
All these sites will be open 10am-3pm.
Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th October
The exact address is: Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre, Bobby Langton Way, Burscough, L40 0SD
West Lancashire College: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st October
The exact address is: West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6DX.
The car park at All Saints Church Hall, Hesketh Bank: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th October
The exact address is: All Saints Church Hall Car Park, Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6SQ.
The car park at St Joseph's Church, Wrightington: 4th, 11th and 18th October
The exact address is: St Joseph's Church, Crow Orchard Road, Wrightington, WN6 9PA.
These test sites can be accessed either in a vehicle or on foot.
Testing site at Westgate, Skelmersdale
A testing site is open on the overflow car park close to Sandy Lane Health Centre in Skelmersdale. The site will be open 8am–8pm seven days a week, except for Bank Holiday Monday 3 May when testing will take place between 8am and 1.30pm. Tests need to be booked in advance on the NHS.uk dedicated COVID-19 testing site. Between 2.30pm and 8pm people will be able to pick up lateral flow tests to use at home.
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, WN8 8LJ.
Testing site at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
A testing site is available on the tennis courts at Edge Hill University seven days a week between 8am and 8pm, except for Bank Holiday Monday 3 May when testing will take place between 8am and 1.30pm. Tests need to be booked in advance on the NHS.uk dedicated COVID-19 testing site. Between 2.30pm and 8pm people will be able to pick up lateral flow tests to use at home.
This site is open to local residents as well as students. Tests must be booked in advance and the test site is accessed on foot. 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.
The Edge Hill University address is: Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP.
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. Other symptoms can include a persistent headache and diarrhoeaa. You can read the other symptoms on the World Health Organisation website (external link)
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 10 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.