Twice weekly coronavirus testing is now being offered to everybody in England.
You can pick up free rapid tests at local test sites and participating local pharmacies.
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Or order tests online
The community testing hubs in Blackpool are also available for those with no symptoms to drop-in to get a rapid COVID-19 test done in a few minutes, with a result sent by text message after 30 minutes.
Please do not call testing hub venues as they cannot help with testing sessions information.
Community testing hubs
Please note: Testing hubs are closed on bank holidays
Type of test
Rapid ‘lateral flow tests' are used that give results within 30 minutes, without needing to send them to a laboratory.
No, these are walk-in hubs. Lateral flow testing devices are used with results given in around 30 minutes. If you are taking a test at the hub, you just need a mobile number or email address to register when you arrive. You can also pick up tests from these hubs.
A swab (similar to a big cotton bud) is used to take a sample from inside the nose/throat. It does not hurt, and takes seconds. The sample is added to the lateral flow testing device to detect COVID-19.
Symptom-free testing is currently voluntary, but it will help people to make informed decisions to help keep themselves and their families safe, and help protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Those who test positive must:
If your confirmatory PCR test is taken within 2 days and comes back negative, you and your contacts will be able to stop isolating.
A negative test result from a rapid test does not prove you are free from COVID-19.
Not all cases are picked up, as these tests are not as accurate as laboratory ones, especially when it is early in the infection.
• Do not change your behaviour - stick to national guidelines
• Wash hands regularly
• Use a face covering in public
• Keep 2 metres apart
Frequency of tests
You should start getting regularly tested twice a week to stop the spread of the virus.
If you have symptoms
If you have symptoms, then you must not attend these drop-in sessions and should self-isolate immediately. Book a free test by calling 119, book online or through the NHS COVID-19 app.