Publish date: 14 May 2021

People who live or work in Sefton’s Formby area are encouraged to take a PCR Covid-19 test in response to recent Covid-19 outbreaks, which showed cases of the variant first identified in India.

Starting from today (Friday 14 May), mobile, drive-through test centres will be set up at:

  • Deansgate Lane Park in Formby (L37 3LF)
  • Ainsdale Hope on Sandringham Road (PR8 2PJ)

There will also be a walk-through test centre at:

  • Sefton Professional Development Centre (PDC) on Park Lane (L37 6EW)

The Deansgate Lane Park drive-through test centre will be open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and the PDC test centre on Park Lane will be open between 9am and 4pm, seven days a week.

The test centre at Ainsdale will be open from 9am until 4pm on Friday 14 May, but from tomorrow (Saturday 15 May), it will be open 9am to 8pm seven days a week.

Appointments are not needed for tests at any of these centres.

Who should access a PCR test?

Everyone aged over 16 who lives, works or studies in Formby should attend one of these dedicated local test sites to access a PCR test.

Anyone who has visited any venue in Formby over the last two weeks is also welcome to be tested at these test sites.

It’s important that people go to the above dedicated test sites and not to other Sefton test sites or sites in other boroughs, as these have been specifically set up to identify the Indian variant.

This variant, which has been classified by Public Health England as a ‘variant of concern’, has been linked with coronavirus cases in Sefton’s Formby area.

Staff should continue to take and report their twice-weekly lateral flow tests, even if you are accessing a PCR test in Formby.