Covid-19 testing

A package of enhanced support – including surge testing and increased vaccinations – is coming to the Lancaster district. It follows an increase in cases in parts of Lancashire that is being driven by the Delta variant. Everyone in the district is being strongly encouraged to take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

By using PCR testing, positive results can be sent for genomic sequencing at specialist laboratories, helping to identify variant of concern (VOC) cases and their spread. 

PCR testing units are located at:

  • Nelson Street in Lancaster
  • Junction 34 park and ride

Appointments must be booked in advance here: If you're not showing symptoms, select the option that says you have been asked to carry out a test by your local authority.

Lateral flow tests

In addition to a PCR test, you should also take a regular, rapid coronavirus test twice a week. 

Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately.

  • You can drop in for a test at any of our community venues (PDF, 805KB) (no appointment necessary) and also collect kits for home testing. 
  • A new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service has also launched, where people aged over 18 without symptoms will be able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of 7 rapid tests to use twice a week at home.

Find out more about your nearest venue on the NHS website.

Test and Trace

Lancaster City Council now has a greater role in reaching out to residents in the district who have either tested positive for coronavirus or been in contact with someone who has. 

Residents who have been identified as 'contacts' by someone who has tested positive, and who have not been successfully reached by the national system, will be contacted by us. They will be advised of the need to self-isolate in line with national guidelines. 

What do I need to do if I am required to self-isolate? 

For the latest information on what to do if you are required to self-isolate, see the NHS website: NHS - test and trace if you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus

Self-isolation support payment

If you have been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service, you may be entitled to a support payment of £500.