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May coronavirus testing facilities across Sefton for those with symptoms

One again in May, drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough. These sites are for people with symptoms – a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell – and can be booked by calling 119 or visiting .

Planned dates and sites may be subject to change if testing is required in other locations:

Remaining dates and locations for May 2021

  • Saturday 15 Southport
  • Sunday 16 Southport
  • Monday 17 Southport
  • Tuesday 18 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Wednesday 19 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Thursday 20 Litherland
  • Friday 21 Litherland
  • Saturday 22 Southport
  • Sunday 23 Southport
  • Tuesday 25 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Wednesday 26 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Thursday 27 Litherland
  • Friday 28 Litherland
  • Saturday 29 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Sunday 30 Southport
  • Monday 31 Southport

Walk-through test centres

In addition, local walk-through test centres are open every day from 8am to 8pm, providing easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Land, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Those with symptoms wanting tests, need to book ahead of going to either the walk-through or drive-through sites. It’s quick and easy to book by calling 119 or going online at

SMART testing and home tests

People can get rapid SMART COVID-19 tests from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week at Bootle Leisure Centre, Bootle Town Hall and at Southport’s Splash World.

And, home test kits are widely available, from test centres, from all Sefton’s pharmacies as well as online from

SMART and rapid tests provide a result in as little as 30 minutes. A rapid test at home involves taking a throat & nasal swab, dropping the sample into the container supplied and then checking for the result after 20 to 30 minutes.


It is important that anyone who gets a positive result from a rapid test or who develops coronavirus symptoms begins self-isolates for 10 days and immediately books a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting A negative result from a PCR tests means they can stop self-isolating.

Eligible individuals who test positive are entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace.