Coronavirus

Rapid lateral flow testing

National Lockdown restrictions have been eased

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

This page is about rapid lateral flow testing.

Go to Getting a PCR test if you require a test because you have symptoms or are fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with somebody with symptoms.

Everybody in England is able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

The tests are free.

Rapid lateral flow testing aims to identify people who don't have COVID-19 symptoms (this is called being asymptomatic), but who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly. The main aim is to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community.

Fixed rapid lateral flow test sites and collection points

Select a site on the finder to view its address, opening times and whether it is busy before you go.

Different test sites are open between different hours. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before a site closes.

Find a test site or collection point

Pop-up testing and collection sites

You can get an assisted lateral flow test and pick up your home-test collection kits from these sites. Anyone over 18 can collect two packs of home testing kits (containing seven tests each).

You don't need to book, just turn up and please wear a face covering and social distance from those outside your household or bubble.

Where it says 'collect only' there isn't any assisted testing available, they only offer collection of home testing kits.

Opening hours vary.


September


  • Birkenshaw - Friday 24 September - 9am-12pm - Co-op, 525 Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, Bradford, BD11 2AQ (collect only)
  • Cleckheaton - Friday 24 September - 12:30pm-4pm - Home Bargains, Northgate, Cleckheaton, BD19 3HJ (collect only)
  • Mirfield - Saturday 25 September - 9am-4pm - Co-op, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, WF14 8AN (test and collect)
  • Marsden - Sunday 26 September - 9am-4pm - Station Road, Marsden, Huddersfield, HD7 6EA (test and collect)
  • Holmfirth - Monday 27 September - 9am-4pm - Holmfirth Market, Market Street, Holmfirth, HD9 7AX (test and collect)
  • Earlsheaton - Tuesday 28 September - 9am-12pm - Nisa Local, 6-7 St Peters Parade, Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, WF12 8LW (collect only)
  • Dewsbury - Tuesday 28 September - 1pm-4pm - Mullaco supermarket, Slaithwaite Road, Dewsbury, WF12 0AA (collect only)
  • Gomersal - Wednesday 29 September - 9am-12pm - Gomersal Public Hall, Gomersal, BD19 4JP (collect only)
  • Birkenshaw - Wednesday 29 September - 9am-4pm - Co-op, 525 Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, Bradford, BD11 2AQ (collect only)
  • Birstall - Thursday 30 September - 9am-4pm - Birstall Market Car Park, Market Street, Birstall, WF17 9EL (collect only)

October


  • Lindley - Friday 1 October - 1pm-4pm - Hollybank Road Car Park, Lindley, Huddersfield, HD3 3LX (collect only)
  • Heckmondwike - Friday 1 October - 9am-4pm - 17 Union Street, Heckmondwike, WF16 0HD (test and collect)
  • Cleckheaton - Saturday 2 October - 9am-4pm - Home Bargains, Northgate, Cleckheaton, BD19 3HJ test and collect)
  • Waterloo - Sunday 3 October - 9am-4pm - Wakefield Road, Tandem, Waterloo, Huddersfield, HD5 0AL (test and collect)

Benefits of getting a rapid lateral flow test

Taking a test helps reduce the spread of the virus in your community, however it is not mandatory to have a test.

  • If you test positive, you help to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 in your household, support bubble and community.
  • The test identifies and supports infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms.
  • Testing helps with the management and containment of COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Testing protects those most vulnerable to the impacts and consequences of COVID-19.

Accuracy of the test

  • Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) find at least half of the cases that Test and Trace testing detects.
  • They find about three-quarters of people who have very high amounts of virus present when tested.

How to get a rapid lateral flow test

There are different ways to get a test:

  • Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.
  • You can go to a mass community testing centre.
  • You can get testing kits from a collection point.
  • If you are unable to get a test by those methods you can ask for testing kits to be delivered to your home.

Fixed testing sites

These are different sites to those you book through the national system when you have symptoms.

Different test sites are open between different hours. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before a site closes.

  • They are open for everyone who lives or works in Kirklees to use.
  • You do not need to book, simply go to and walk through any of the sites.

At the testing site

You must not attend one of these sites if you have any coronavirus symptoms. Instead go to Getting a PCR test

  • You must wear a face covering, including in the queue.
  • You need to register on arrival. If you have an internet-enabled smartphone please bring it with you to speed up the process.

How you will get your results

  • You will be given a bar code.
  • Results are ready very quickly - from 30 minutes to a couple of hours.
  • You will receive your results by text or email soon after you leave the test site.
  • If you don't have a mobile phone or email address, you can provide the mobile number or email address of a family member or friend who is happy to receive the results on your behalf.

If you don't receive your result within 3 days

  • You can take another test.
  • Or you can call 119. Quote your barcode number and they will try to track down your result.

Testing kit collection points

  • They are open for everyone who lives or works in Kirklees to use.
  • They include dedicated collection points and pharmacies.
  • You do not need to book, simply go to and walk through any of the sites.
  • You can collect 2 packs of home test kits. Each pack contains 7 tests.
  • Anyone 18 or over can collect the tests.

At the collection point

You must not attend one of these sites if you have any coronavirus symptoms. Instead go to Getting a PCR test

  • You must wear a face covering, including in the queue.

We advise everyone to take a supervised rapid lateral flow test when collecting home tests for the first time at one of our sites. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. This helps us make sure people know how to accurately take the tests at home.

Order home test kits online

If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.

Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.

Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits

What to do when you test yourself at home

  • Take a throat and nose swab sample.
  • Then process it with an extraction fluid and a Lateral Flow Device (LFD).
  • The LFD can detect COVID-19 antigens that are produced when a person is infected with the virus.
  • If antigen is present, then a coloured strip on the LFD will appear and show a positive result.

How to do a rapid lateral flow test

How to report your result

Report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test.

Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result

Understanding your test results

Positive lateral flow result

Isolate immediately! You are legally obliged to self-isolate for the next full 10 days.

Get a PCR test to confirm the result.

Self-isolation

Getting a PCR test

Negative lateral flow result

A negative lateral flow test result does not mean you definitely don't have COVID-19 due to the accuracy of the test. You must continue to follow prevention and health advice.

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees

Prevention and health advice

NHS Test and Trace

  • NHS Test and Trace or Local Contact Tracing will contact you if you report a positive test.
  • Positive results from tests will be collected by NHS Test and Trace and published as part of the daily case numbers.

Test and Trace: What to do if you are traced

Help and support

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace following this process you may be eligible for financial and practical support.

Financial support

COVID-19 Community Response

Apply for a Test and Trace support payment

Additional information

Kirklees Council are providing residents with regular email updates about COVID-19.

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