Getting a PCR test

Get your COVID-19 vaccination or booster jab

COVID-19 vaccination programme tells you who is eligible and how to get vaccinated.

This page is about PCR testing.

Go to Rapid lateral flow testing if you require one of those tests.

Get tested and isolate immediately if you have symptoms

Don't delay! Get a test within 5 days if you have symptoms.

The easiest way to get a test at your nearest available testing centre is to book one online.

Book a test:

Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus

You can also call 119.

  • Book a home test if you cannot walk or drive to a centre.
  • Do not go to a testing centre by public transport or taxi.
  • You cannot walk-in to a drive-through testing centre. You must book a test first.
  • Not all sites are open every day. Check when they are open and then book where to receive your test.

Who should get this type of test

You must get tested if you have symptoms.

  • People in the household who are aged over 18 and 6 months and are not fully vaccinated should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results.

  • If you are unable to get a test but need medical advice about your symptoms, you can call 111.

You can also get tested if you:

  • have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • have been asked to get a test by a local council or someone from NHS Test and Trace.
  • have been asked to get a test by a GP or other health professional.
  • are taking part in a government pilot project.
  • have been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result.
  • have received an unclear result and were told to get a second test.
  • need to get a test for someone you live with who has symptoms.
  • are in the National Tactical Response Group.

Isolate immediately if you have COVID-19 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.

More information about self-isolating:

Isolate with symptoms

Testing sites

Drive-through testing sites in Kirklees

You cannot walk-in to a drive-through testing centre. You must book a test first.

You or someone you live with must have a car or small van to get to a drive-through regional test site

An assistant may do the swab test for you or you may have to do it yourself. Staff at the site will tell you when you get there.

Please note: these sites are only open on specific days - when you go to book a test you will be informed which testing sites are open.

  • Batley: Wards Hill Car Park, Wellington Street, Batley, WF17 5HZ
  • Dewsbury: Car Park at Dewsbury Rams, Tetley's Stadium, Owl Lane, Dewsbury, WF12 7RH
  • Dewsbury: Cliffe Street Car Park, Sharp Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1QZ
  • Fartown: Kirklees Council Flint Street Car Park, Flint Street, Fartown, Huddersfield, HD1 6LG
  • Meltham: Car Park at Meltham Sports and Community Centre, Mean Lane, Meltham, HD9 5QT

Walk-through testing sites in Kirklees

You must book a test first. If you are struggling to book a test, staff at the testing site can assist you with your booking.

You and people you live with must arrive together by foot or bicycle.

Everyone must wear a face covering, except children under the age of 3.

These walk-through testing sites are open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm.

  • Dewsbury: Dewsbury Railway Station Car Park, Dewsbury, WF13 1HF
  • Huddersfield: Old Leeds Road Car Park, Old Leeds Road, HD1 1SG
  • Ravensthorpe: Ravensthorpe Homes and Neighbourhoods, Queen Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury WF13 3BT
    There is parking at Ravensthorpe Retail Park, Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury, WF13 3HN. Please do not park on Queen Street when attending the site.

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 have tested negative and you later experience any of the main Covid symptoms, you must get another test and follow the self-isolation advise immediately.

If you test positive

  • You, and anybody in your household aged over 18 and 6 months and not fully vaccinated, 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 do not need to self-isolate.

More information about test results and isolation:

Your coronavirus test result Self-isolation
Follow Test and Trace instructions

What happens to the data

The best way to find out what happens to the data is to take a look at Testing for coronavirus: privacy information - quick read guide


Test and Trace: What to do if you are traced

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