Where can I get a PCR Covid test in Leeds? Test centres near me, how much they cost and how long they take
Several venues across Leeds are now providing free PCR tests for those with Covid-19 symptoms.
There are three main ways that people can obtain a PCR test if they have symptoms of the virus: via a walk-in centre, a drive through screening or using a home testing kit ordered online.
PCR tests are normally only used when symptoms of Covid-19 are being displayed, with lateral flow tests being used for those without symptoms.
This is because PCR tests require a laboratory to analyse the results so are more accurate than the lateral flow tests, which produce results in under an hour from home.
If unsure about which test to take, a full list of symptoms of Covid-19 can be found on the CDC website to help choose between the PCR test and lateral flow test.
How long does a PCR test take?
PCR tests can vary in how long they take depending on how quickly they are processed by the laboratory.
Tests usually take 24 hours however can take up to 3 days in some instances.
How much is a PCR test?
PCR tests are free when obtained via the NHS website or conducted at one of the listed test centres.
However, as test results cannot be guaranteed in 24 hours some travel organisations are offering PCR tests with a same day turnaround period for a price.
Same day tests can cost up to £140, with next day tests weighing in at between £70 and £90 depending on the provider.
Below is a list of the free forms of PCR testing available in Leeds.
Drive through testing
There are several drive through testing sites in Leeds.
The sites change on a weekly basis and are usually held in car parks across the city.
When taking a drive through test, visitors must remain in their vehicles with the windows closed unless otherwise instructed by the staff on site.
Testing from home
It is possible to do a PCR test from home if displaying symptoms of the virus.
Before ordering a PCR test it is suggested that the location of the nearest Royal Mail postbox is known so the test can be sent to the lab as quickly as possible.
If there is no post box nearby a courier can be booked to pick up the test.
The test must also be registered through GOV.UK here.
For instructions on how to conduct a PCR test from home, the Department of Health and Social Care have created a video demonstrating the procedure.
The video is available on the NHS website here.
Walk through testing
The regional testing centre is located at Temple Green (Temple Green Park and Ride, Pontefract Lane, Leeds, LS9 0PS).
There are also two walk-through testing sites for people living or working within walking distance.
The sites are at:
The Mandela Community Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3HY
Cinder Moor, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS6 2UZ
Both sites are open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm.
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