Coronavirus

COVID-19 surge testing

National Lockdown restrictions will next be eased on Monday 19 July

Some changes to weddings, civil partnerships, commemorative events after a funeral, care home visits and out-of-school overnight visits began on Monday 21 June.

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

Surge testing is increased testing (including door-to-door testing in some areas) and enhanced contact tracing in specific locations. It involves testing people who do not have any symptoms of coronavirus.

Surge testing is currently taking place in these parts of Kirklees

Enhanced testing and a vaccine drive are among the measures that are being rolled out in the most affected areas.

Enhanced testing is a process where everyone living, working or studying in a specific area, who does not already have symptoms, is asked to take a COVID-19 test.


Westtown and Dewsbury Moor

  • Council and NHS staff will be door knocking and asking people over the age of 11 to take a PCR COVID-19 test.
  • Residents who are unable to take a doorstep test will be encouraged to attend the PCR testing centre at Dewsbury Railway Station Car Park, WF13 1HF to take a test.
  • Anyone who lives nearby or visits the area regularly can visit the testing unit to take a PCR test between the hours of 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.

Birkenshaw and Gomersal

  • Council and NHS staff will be door knocking and asking people over the age of 11 to take a PCR COVID-19 test.
  • Residents who are unable to take a doorstep test will be encouraged to attend an additional PCR testing centre at Albion Street East Car Park, WF16 9LQ to take a test.
  • Anyone who lives nearby or visits the area regularly can visit the testing unit to take a PCR test between the hours of 10am and 4pm, 7 days a week.

Ravensthorpe

  • Council and NHS staff will be door knocking and asking people over the age of 11 to take a PCR COVID-19 test.
  • Residents who are unable to take a doorstep test will be encouraged to attend the PCR testing centre at Ravensthorpe Housing Office, Queen Street, Ravensthorpe, WF13 3BT to take a test.
  • Anyone who lives nearby or visits the area regularly can visit the testing unit to take a PCR test between the hours of 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.

Heckmondwike and Liversedge

  • Council and NHS staff will be door knocking and asking people over the age of 11 to take a PCR COVID-19 test.
  • Residents who are unable to take a doorstep test will be encouraged to attend an additional PCR testing centre at Albion Street East Car Park, WF16 9LQ to take a test.
  • Anyone who lives nearby or visits the area regularly can visit the testing unit to take a PCR test between the hours of 10am and 4pm, 7 days a week.

Savile Town and Thornhill Lees

  • We've completed doorstep testing but are still asking all remaining residents over the age of 11 to take a PCR COVID-19 test.
  • An additional mobile testing unit has also been set-up at: Taleem Training and Community Centre, Orchard Street, Savile Town, Dewsbury, WF12 9LT
  • Anyone who lives nearby or visits the area regularly can visit the mobile testing unit to take a PCR test between the hours of 10am and 4pm, 7 days a week.

Batley

  • We've completed doorstep testing but are still asking all remaining residents over the age of 11 to take a PCR COVID-19 test.
  • Tests can be taken at your local enhanced testing centre: Wards Hill Car Park, Between Commercial Street and Wellington Road, Batley, WF17 5HR.
  • Anyone who lives nearby or visits the area regularly can visit the mobile testing unit to take a PCR test between the hours of 10am and 4pm, 7 days a week.

Honley and Brockholes

  • We are asking all residents over the age of 11 to take a PCR COVID-19 test.
  • Tests can be taken at your local enhanced testing centre: Honley Community Centre, Stony Lane, Honley, Holmfirth, HD9 6DY.
  • Anyone who lives nearby or visits the area regularly can visit the mobile testing unit to take a PCR test between the hours of 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Anyone who lives or works in Kirklees can also get an asymptomatic PCR test at the following testing sites between 8am-8pm and help us detect potential cases of the new variant and prevent further spread:

  • Dewsbury: Dewsbury Railway Station Car Park, Dewsbury, WF13 1HF
  • Huddersfield: Percy Shaw House, also known as Queen Street Studios, Queen Street South, Huddersfield, HD1 3BB.
  • Ravensthorpe: Ravensthorpe KNH (Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing), Queen Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury WF13 3BT

Door-knocking will be introduced to other areas at a later date, based on what the data tells us.

Who should get a test

You should get a test if you are aged 11 years or over and live in a surge testing area.

Get a test even if:

  • you have no COVID-19 symptoms
  • you have had a COVID-19 vaccination
  • you previously tested positive for COVID-19 over 90 days ago.
  • you have been vaccinated as there's a chance that you can still spread the virus

You do not need to be tested if you have already tested positive within the last 90 days.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

Do not attend an enhanced testing site. Instead, request a home PCR test.

Getting a PCR test if you have symptoms

Main symptoms of COVID-19

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms:

  • A high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous, dry cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Type of test

The test is called a PCR test. It is the same type of test given to people who have COVID-19 symptoms.

Receiving your test results

Most people will get their results the next day but it may take up to three days.

If you haven't received your results by day six, call 119 (7am to 11pm).

Understand your test results

If you test negative

If you have a test and it comes back negative then you and your household can stop isolating immediately.

If you test positive

  • You, and everyone in your household, must isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.
  • You will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. If they are unsuccessful in contacting you, our local test and trace contact tracing team will attempt to contact you.
  • They will ask you where you've been recently and who you have been in close contact with.
  • Close contacts are people who have:
    • anyone who lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19
    • face-to-face contact including being coughed on
    • had a face-to-face conversation within 1 metre
    • sexual contact
    • travelled in the same vehicle or a plane
    • had any contact within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face-to-face contact
    • been within 2 metres of you for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)

You can be a contact anytime from 2 days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms, and up to 10 days after, as this is when they can pass the infection on to others.

  • Those people will be traced and contacted.

If your test result is unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive

  • This means it's not possible to say if you had coronavirus when the test was done.
  • Get another test as soon as possible.
  • Your household and support bubble should self-isolate while you get another test and wait for the results.

If you had a test because you had symptoms:

  • You must keep self-isolating and have another test within 8 days of when your symptoms started.
  • If you're not able to have another test in time, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate for 10 days.

If you had a test but have not had any symptoms:

  • You do not need to self-isolate while you wait to get another test.
  • People you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, do not need to self-isolate.

More information about test results and isolation:

Your coronavirus test result Self-isolation

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

Guidance for registering a home PCR test

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