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Coronavirus testing

Testing kit with coronavirus germ

It's easy to get a test in Preston

Preston has plenty of capacity and the success of the service and our ability to return to a more normal life, relies on everyone playing their part and doing the right thing. 

Note: Following the discovery of a new 'Liverpool Variant' people with symptoms of a common cold or headache (as well as the traditional symptoms of COVID-19) may be infected.

If you are feeling unwell or are in doubt please get tested immediately.

You can now book a test via NHS 119 or the government's website and select that option to say: 'the council have asked you to get a test'.

New location for city centre Covid testing site

People working in Preston City Centre can also get a rapid test at the new venue across from TKMaxx in the shopping centre.

Working with Fishergate Shopping Centre - Preston and Lancashire County Council to provide an even more convenient site for Lateral Flow testing for anyone visiting or working in the city centre.

The new site, opens on 12 May 2021 from 9am - 4:30pm Monday to Saturday, and is easy to find - just across from TKMaxx in the shopping centre.

  • Results in 30 minutes (self administered)
  • Packs to take home
  • For those people with no symptoms

Book a test online

Book a coronavirus test

You can also get a test by phoning 119, but you must make an appointment and you must have symptoms.

GOV.UK has guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.

Where can I get tested?

Preston's community testing sites at Preston Market and Moor Park Avenue are now closed

Community testing is available at Quwwat Education Centre, Peel Hall Street, PR1 6QQ - Monday to Thursday between 11am and 4pm, no appointment needed

Appointment only testing is available at Moor Park Avenue as well as on the University of Central Lancashire campus, Vernon Street Car Park

A drive-through coronavirus testing site is available by appointment only at Walton-le-Dale Park and Ride. Testing will be carried out on a section of the Park and Ride site, which is based by the Capitol Centre.

These sites are not operated by Preston City Council. Please call NHS 119 to book a coronavirus test or complete the online form.

Book a coronavirus test

Important information about testing sites

  • Please wear a face covering unless exempt. Staff will advise you when to remove this
  • You must call NHS 119 or visit: GOV.UK - coronavirus test to book a test
  • Test results will be sent via text message and should take two to three days. You will be provided with an email address to use if you have any questions about your result
  • If you need a negative test in order to travel, please use the NHS 119 service or visit GOV.UK - coronavirus test. Please also check with your travel provider what evidence is required

Who needs to get tested?

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or feel unwell please get tested as soon as possible.

Where practical please avoid the use of taxis or public transport to attend a testing site.

Information on self-isolating due to coronavirus and the Test and Trace Support Payment

You may be asked to self-isolate for a number of reasons including a positive test for you, someone in your household, if you've been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service or whether you are experiencing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

For more information on the importance of self-isolating as well as accessing the Test and Trace Support Payment for people on low income who are required to self-isolate, please visit our self-isolating page.

View information on self-isolating due to coronavirus

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