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Testing with symptoms (PCR test)

Coronavirus Stay at Home

Protect yourself, your family and friends by self-isolating immediately and getting a laboratory-processed PCR test if you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or have lost your sense of smell or taste.

Test appointments are available across the borough for people with COVID-19 symptoms. Testing Centres are open daily between 8am and 6pm.

To book a PCR test, visit the national portal:

Book a test

The Council also advises residents to book a PCR test as a precaution if you have other symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.

These can include shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion or runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting. However, it is important to remember that these are very common symptoms, and most people who have these symptoms will not have COVID-19.

Book a test on the NHS website or by calling: 119. When booking choose the option that the local council has asked you to get a test. If you only have these symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate unless you test positive for COVID-19.

Book a test

If you've been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive

From 14 December daily testing will be introduced for close contacts of any positive case of COVID-19 who have had two doses of the vaccine or who are under 18.

This replaces all previous guidance on isolation rules for contacts, regardless of whether they are linked to a suspected or confirmed Omicron case.

If vaccinated contacts participate in daily testing it will help to reduce the spread of Omicron with less impact on people's day-to-day lives, although contacts are advised to limit avoidable social contact as much as possible, particularly around vulnerable people.

Contacts should take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) for seven consecutive days, or up to the end of what would have been the 10-day isolation period - whichever is sooner.

  • From 11 January contacts should self-isolate immediately if they test positive on LFD - the need for a confirmatory PCR test has been temporarily suspended. 
  • There is no change to the rules for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated or exempt - they should isolate for 10 days from contact with the positive case.

Contacts are advised to use up any stocks of LFTs they have at home and if they need more should collect them from pharmacies, community testing sites, Community Collect sites, ordering online at or ringing: 119.

Book a PCR test

Site locations

Little Roodee Testing Centre, Chester

This is a walk-through site located on the Little Roodee car park, in Castle Drive, CH1 1SL.

Queensway Testing Centre, Winsford

This is a walk-through site and is only accessed via the pathway that leads from Queensway, CW7 1BJ, to Wyvern House. Parking is available at the car park next to this path.

Sealand Road Park and Ride Testing Centre, Chester

This is a walk-through site located on Sealand Road Park and Ride, Blacon, Chester, CH1 4QL.

The Old Depot Testing Centre, Northwich

This is a walk-through site located at the old council depot site off Leicester Street, Northwich, CW9 5LQ.

Wellington Road Testing Centre, Ellesmere Port

This is a walk-through site located on the Wellington Road Car Park, Ellesmere Port, CH64 4AB.

Mobile testing units

Residents with symptoms can still attend the 'pop up' units, which move between Winsford, Frodsham and Chester. You will need to book an appointment to attend the mobile testing units.

To book an appointment, visit the NHS website or call 119.

Home testing kits

Residents can also order home testing kits, visit the GOV.UK website for more information.

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