Where to go for testing

Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) allows you to check whether you have the virus so you can avoid spreading it to other people. You might have COVID-19 even if you do not have any symptoms.

It is free to get tested and the type of test you have depends on why you need it. The two main tests are:

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, for people who have symptoms of COVID-19. PCR tests are sent to a lab for analysis.
  • Rapid lateral flow tests (LFTs) for people who have no symptoms. LFTs can be done at home and give a result within around 30 minutes.

If you test positive on a PCR test or LFT you must isolate and follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infections.

Find out about PCR tests and how to get one in Leeds

Find out about LFT tests for asymptomatic testing and where to get the tests

Tests for people with symptoms

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.

Who should get a test?

  • Anyone who has symptoms

You can get a test for coronavirus if you:

  • are aged 16 years or over

You can get a test even if:

  • you’ve had a vaccination for coronavirus
  • you’ve tested positive for coronavirus previously (but not within the last 90 days)

Who should not get a test?

If you have tested positive within the last 90 days, you do not need to be tested.

Testing in Leeds

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. The unit operates between 9.00am and 3.00pm. 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 (Temple Green Park and Ride, Pontefract Lane, Leeds, LS9 0PS) or order a home testing kit.

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:

  • The Mandela Community Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3HY
  • Cinder Moor, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS6 2UZ

Both sites are open seven days a week from 8.00am to 6.00pm. 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:

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

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. Regular testing is therefore vital to prevent the spread of the virus and help us return to normality.

Everyone in England can get rapid lateral flow tests for free. You should take a test in the following circumstances:

You should follow the guidance and test even if you have no symptoms.

You can order or pick up rapid lateral flow tests as follows:

  • City Centre Community Hub, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 8LX
  • Armley Community Hub & Library, 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, LS12 1UQ
  • 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.

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.

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