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COVID-19 testing in Cheshire - What you need to know

Information about testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing all the time. We’ve created this quick reference guide for local key workers and residents who are living and working in Cheshire which will be regularly updated on our website.

Who can get tested?

The current priority is testing people with symptoms to see if they have the virus, both to inform clinical diagnosis and help people get back to work. Key Workers are prioritised for testing both locally and nationally.

How to get tested in Cheshire 

Testing is currently by appointment only and the correct booking procedures must be followed in order to avoid being turned away. There are two self-referral options for symptomatic Key Workers and residents in Cheshire which can be found below:

Self-referral to local Satellite Testing Centres (prioritised for key workers)

There are currently two Satellite Testing Centres in Cheshire at the Countess of Chester Hospital and Leighton Hospital in Crewe. These testing centres are prioritised for local key workers.

These testing centres can be accessed by self-referring for a test via: cheshireccg.covid19@nhs.net 

As part of your referral you will need to provide the following details:

  • Full Name
  • Contact telephone number
  • DOB
  • Post code
  • Vehicle Registration

Self-referral via the national testing portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

By referring yourself for a test via the national self-referral portal, based on your location, the system will give you a choice of your closest testing location. In Cheshire, our local Key Workers and symptomatic residents have the choice of Local Mobile Unit Testing Sites, Local Testing Sites and neighbouring Regional Testing Sites.

A short video of what you can expect from Testing Sites can be found here: https://youtu.be/JVB6TC49ss0