Where to go for testing

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should get tested. All testing sites operate on an appointment only basis – please do not attend without an appointment. Appointments can be booked via the NHS online booking system or by calling 119.

When booking, you will be shown a list of the nearest places to go for your test. It is important to be tested no more than five days from when your symptoms started.

This graphic gives step by step guidance on what to do if you have COVID19 symptoms and what to do following any test you or your child takes.

Drive through testing

When attending a site for testing, please stay in your car with your windows closed and follow instructions from site staff.

A mobile unit travels around the region so that you can be tested close to your home. If the unit is not near you at the time you need to be tested, you should attend the regional testing centre at Temple Green or order a home testing kit.

Mobile testing units

These units, run by national coronavirus testing programme staff, are located in community locations across the city. They may change location weekly.

Find out more about mobile testing units

Home testing

If you cannot get to a testing centre, you can order a home testing kit via the NHS online booking system or by calling 119.

Book a test

Walk-through testing

If you don’t have a car, there are two walk-through testing sites for people living or working within walking distance. The sites are at Bridge Community Church (Rider Street, in the LS9 7BQ postcode area of Leeds) and at the Gryphon Sports Centre (University of Leeds campus, Woodsley Road, LS2 9LZ). The Gryphon walk-through testing centre is open seven days a week from 8am until 8pm, the Bridge Community Church walk-through testing centre is open Monday to Saturday from 8am until 8pm.

To use the walk-through testing sites it is best to have a pre-booked appointment. Please read the information leaflet to find out more.

  • This easy read summary leaflet explains how you can book an appointment at the walk-through community testing centre.
  • Please watch this video to find out what you need to do before your appointment and what will happen when you arrive for your test.

To use the walk-through testing sites it is best to have a pre-booked appointment which can be done through the NHS website or by ringing 119. To help keep the spread of infection down, you should book a test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and should self-isolate for 10 days only leaving your house for medical tests or emergencies.

Please watch and share this video to find out what you need to do before your appointment and what will happen when you arrive for your test at the walk-through testing site.

The films are also available in the following languages:

Walk-through testing locations

Bridge Community Church testing site

This map shows the location of the Bride Community Church walk-through testing site on Rider Street, in the LS9 7BQ postcode area of Leeds.

Gryphon Sports Centre testing site

This map shows the location of the Gryphon Sports Centre walk-through testing site on Woodsley Road on The University of Leeds campus.

Testing sites across West Yorkshire

There are COVID-19 testing sites across the region. Links to further information about sites outside of Leeds can be viewed below.

Helping you and your child with doing a test

It is really important that if your children show symptoms of coronavirus or are requested to have a test that you make sure it is done correctly. This is to help stop the spread of the virus and keep you safe.

To help with this the below leaflet has been produced to show you how you can support your children if and when they need to take the test.

Children’s Covid test: Guidance sheet for parents

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Asymptomatic testing

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms. This is why regular rapid testing is so important to prevent the spread of the virus and help us return to normality.

Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, can now take a free rapid COVID-19 test twice a week via:

  • Testing on-site at Leeds Beckett University – City Campus LS1 3HE (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2pm) and Headingley Campus LS6 3QS (Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm).

There’s no requirement to book. You can just attend whichever site is most convenient for you.

The best access into the Headingley Campus is from Church Wood Avenue. Continue straight through the barriers, take the first right, then immediate left, and continue straight on. Pass the Carnegie Sports Centre, then turn right – the LFT site is in the Tennis Courts building.

The City Campus LFT site is in the Student Union building, also known as “The Hive,” located on the corner of Portland Way and Woodhouse Lane.

Community testing sites:

  • Armley Community Hub & Library, 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, LS12 1UQ
  • City Centre Community Hub, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 8LX
  • Deacon House Centre, Seacroft Avenue, Leeds, LS14 6JD
  • Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library, 190 Dewsbury Road, LS11 6PF
  • Halton Library, 273 Selby Road, LS15 7JR
  • The Compton Centre Community Hub & Library, Harehills Lane, Harehills, LS9 7BG
  • The Reginald Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3EX.

Opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturday (except City Centre Community Hub, which doesn’t open Saturdays).

You should have two tests during a week-long period. Please note this community testing is only for people with no symptoms. If you do have COVID-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate and book a test.