COVID-19 COVID-19 Testing

From 1 April 2022, the Government will no longer provide free universal symptomatic (PCR) and asymptomatic (LFD) testing for the general public in England.  

However, the most vulnerable people will continue to receive free lateral flow test kits if they are symptomatic find out more information at  

For other people, they will be able to buy LFD kits at chemists and supermarkets.  

In Manchester, all the PCR testing sites (for people with Covid symptoms) closed at 6pm on Wednesday 30 March 2022. 

For the latest government Covid advice visit  

Manchester Covid helpline  

Call free 0800 840 3858 800 840 3858 or text 07890 036 892  

The helpline is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. 

This is a free telephone service that can help anyone who:  

  • Has questions about COVID-19 
  • Needs help to book their COVID-19 vaccination 
  • Needs advice about COVID-19 testing 
  • Has questions on when to isolate.  

Advice will be from the nursing team and a translation service is available. 

Things that everyone can do to help control the virus  

  • Get your Covid-19 vaccinations – 
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer   
  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed places when you come into contact with people whom you do not normally meet   
  • Wash your hands regularly   
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean   
  • Stay at home for at least 5 days if you have Covid-19 and avoid contact with others 

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