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.

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.

What happens after your test?

If you test positive you must isolate with your household and follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infections. Public Health England will carry out enhanced tracing of close contacts of confirmed cases.

From Monday 16 August, people who are double-vaccinated or under 18 years old are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, fully vaccinated adults, and children who are close contacts of a positive case will be advised to take a PCR test. If the PCR test is positive, you will need to self-isolate, as any other positive case.

If you have coronavirus symptoms?

If you have coronavirus symptoms, it is important that you get a test for people with symptoms online, via the NHS COVID-19 app or by calling 119.

You must isolate with your household and follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infections until you get your result.

If someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus?

If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • You’re fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • You’re under 18 years, 6 months old
  • You’re taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • You’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:

  • Get a PCR test on GOV.UK to check if you have COVID-19
  • Follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
  • Consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from COVID-19

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 (Temple Green Park and Ride, Pontefract Lane, Leeds, LS9 0PS) 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

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:

Collect a home test kit at a local Community Hub:

  • 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.

Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays (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.

Translated self-testing posters (rapid COVID-19 testing):

Translated self-testing posters (protecting loved ones):

Walk-through testing

If you don’t have a car, there is a walk-through testing site for people living or working within walking distance. The site is at the Mandela Community Centre (Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3HY) and is open seven days a week from 8am until 8pm.

To use the walk-through testing site 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 site at the Mandela Community Centre, 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.

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