Getting a COVID-19 test

​Additional testing in Wakefield

Our local case rates are increasing and remain higher than the national average.

Therefore we are urging everyone in the district to get a PCR test, to lower infection rates across Wakefield and ensure remaining lockdown restrictions can be lifted on 19 July.

Additionally, there will be community door-knocking and ‘drop-in’ testing centres will in areas experiencing the highest number of case rates - including the new COVID-19 delta variant.

These locations are; Wakefield North, Wakefield South, Wakefield East, Pontefract North and Pontefract South.

We are starting our PCR testing programme in Pontefract North and Pontefract South.

Please play your part by getting a PCR test, to help lower the COVID-19 cases in Wakefield.

If you have tested positive in the last 90 days do not get tested unless you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Visit a local mobile testing unit

From Saturday 23 July, mobile testing units will be based at the following locations:

Testing for people with symptoms

If you have at least one of the three main COVID-19 symptoms you must self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test. The key symptoms to look out for are:

  • A high temperature;
  • A new, continuous cough; and
  • You've lost your sense of smell or taste or it has changed.

The easiest way to get a PCR test is by accessing the national system.

You can also use this service if:

  • A local council has asked you to ge a test
  • You have had a positive lateral flow test result at home and need to confirm results.
  • You have received an unclear result and have been asked to get a second test.
  • You need to get a test for someone you live with who has symptoms.

PCR Testing is available in the Wakefield District at the following locations:

  • Former Westgate Station Car Park (WF1 1XP)
  • The former Castleford Swimming Baths (WF10 5DX)
  • Mobile testing units at different sites in the District

Test sites are open 7 days a week. The two sites in Wakefield are 'walk up' sites, so you can walk, cycle or drive to them and walk through the site for your test.

The mobile testing units may be either 'drive through' or 'walk through'. If you need a car to visit a site you will be asked before booking an appointment. 

If you drive to the sites then please park considerately. There are 5 parking spaces on site for people visiting the Castleford Baths so please use these first.

If you prefer to order a home delivery test kit you can do this through the national website. The kit will then need to be returned by post.

You can also visit test sites in other local authorities. The national website will advise you on the nearest site with convenient appointments.

Regular lateral flow testing for people without symptoms

Twice weekly rapid tests (lateral flow tests) are now available for everyone over 18 with no symptoms.

Rapid or lateral flow tests can be done on the spot and a result is available within 30 minutes.

Most people prefer to test themselves at home, but we do have some sites which offer 'assisted' testing. This is where you swab yourself but a staff member processes the test for you.

By asking people with no symptoms to test regularly, we can identify people who are infectious before they can spread the virus to their friends, family, colleagues or fellow students. 

Although lateral flow testing is quick and convenient, it is less reliable than the PCR tests for people with symptoms. It is not a substitute. 

How to access twice-weekly rapid testing

We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone in Wakefield to access testing, and take up the offer of twice-weekly rapid testing. The following routes are available, depending on individual situations:

  • Workplace testing: Thousands of employers offer workplace testing. This includes testing sites, where you can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for you to access rapid tests.
  • Community testing: You can collect home test kits or make an appointment for an assisted test at Wakefield Market Hall (open 8.40am to 7pm, 7 days a week).

Click here to view and book available appointments and collection slots.

For the most up-to-date information on site locations and opening hours please click here.

  • Education: Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays. Some Wakefield schools are also piloting 'school collect' where families can collect kits from school. Please ask your headteacher whether your school is taking part.
  • LFD Direct: For people who can't access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home.