COVID-19 Testing

Following the recent rapid growth of the Delta variant, we are offering a number of additional testing options for everyone. 

See below for our current Lab Testing options which are PCR tests confirmed in a lab.

There are also our Regular Screening options, which are Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) used for regular testing of anyone without symptoms.

Free PCR lab tests are available at our Crewe and Macclesfield test sites, and at a number of temporary mobile testing units. You should take a mobile phone with you or a form of photo ID. 

Around 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 show no symptoms. Regular rapid testing is important in identifying and stopping the spread of the virus. The government has announced access to free, regular symptom free tests for everyone in England, including people who have been vaccinated.

People who have been asked to self-isolate should not attend a testing site, and will need to book a PCR test if they develop symptoms.

The screening Lateral Flow Tests are available at a number of sites and are listed below.

Temporary Mobile Testing Units (by online appointment only). 

You can get a free PCR lab test at one of our mobile testing units (see below) you need to book online at: book a PCR test appointment.

  • Old Road, Handforth, SK9 3AZ.
    Opening hours: 9am to 4pm from Monday 23 July to Friday 30 July 2021
  • King Street Car Park, Knutsford, WA16 6DZ.
    Opening hours: 9am to 4pm from Monday 23 July to Friday 30 July 2021. 
  • Fairground Car Park, Market Street, Congleton, CW12 1ET.
    Opening hours: 9am to 4pm from Monday 23 July to Friday 30 July 2021 

 

Local testing sites (appointment only)

From Monday 23 July our local testing sites at Crewe and Macclesfield (below) will be returning to book-able, symptomatic PCR lab tests.  You can book online at: book a PCR test appointment.

  • Crewe local test site, Chester Street car park, Crewe, CW1 2ER - from 8am to 8pm daily 
  • Macclesfield local test site, Commercial Road, Macclesfield, SK10 2QJ - from 8am to 8pm daily 

 

Regular screening tests (Lateral Flow Tests)

We have the following testing sites available this week, where you can either simply walk-in and wait to get a test or you book an appointment online in advance to save time: 

Tuesday:

  • Congleton, New Life Church – Lateral Flow Testing - from 09.00am - 4.00pm
  • Coppenhall Working Men's Club, Crewe - Lateral Flow Testing - from 09.00am - 4.00pm
  • Wesley Centre – Lateral Flow Testing - from 09.00am - 6.00pm

Wednesday:

  • Coppenhall Working Men's Club, Crewe - Lateral Flow Testing - from 09.00am - 4.00pm
  • Macclesfield R.U.F.C. - Lateral Flow Testing - from 09.00am - 4.00pm
  • Audlem Town Hall  – Lateral Flow Testing - from 09.00am - 6.00pm

Thursday:

  • Congleton New Life Church – Lateral Flow Testing - from 09.00am - 4.00pm
  • Coppenhall Working Men's Club, Crewe - Lateral Flow Testing - from 09.00am - 4.00pm
  • Wesley Centre – Lateral Flow Testing - from 09.00am - 6.00pm

Friday:

  • Coppenhall Working Men's Club, Crewe – Lateral Flow Testing – from 09.00am - 4.00pm
  • Macclesfield R.U.F.C. – Lateral Flow Testing  - from 09.00am - 4.00pm
  • Wistaston Memorial Hall – Lateral Flow Testing - - from 09.00am - 6.00pm

To book a lateral flow test appointment visit: https://cheshireeast.zipporah.co.uk/LFT.Bookings

 

 

 

You can still book a lateral flow test to get a test if you don't have symptoms. If you can't use the booking system you can phone 0300 123 5032 for someone to help you.

Lateral Flow Tests remain the best regular screening tool that we would like people to use, as it identifies those cases of infection which are not showing symptoms, so it helps contain the spread.

These tests are by appointment only.

You can collect a test kit from a local testing site without an appointment. 

A click and collect service for test kits is also available at 5 other test sites. If you can't use the click and collect system, you can phone 0300 123 5032 for someone to help you.

Or you can get a test posted to you.

Our Swab Squab testing team can support local businesses to implement their own workplace testing.

We hold regular training sessions via webinar to help businesses to set up their own LFT covid testing system in-house. This is free, and to book onto the training it is just a case of emailing us at: LFT@cheshireeast.gov.uk

We can also provide tailored support for your business in establishing workplace testing.

For regular news and updates about the Swab Squad and our testing service and all local testing facilities available, follow the Swab Squad on their Twitter page.

You can sign up to receive the Swab Squad newsletter, covering the latest test news, direct to your inbox.

Test results

You should report your home test results every time you use a rapid lateral flow test kit, as soon as possible after you get the result. Where relevant you should also immediately inform your employer or school. You cannot report a result more than 24 hours after taking a test. 

Reporting your results helps to ensure that infection rates in Cheshire East can be monitored and we can work to prevent and reduce the spread of the virus in our communities. https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Follow @CEC_SwabSquad on Twitter.