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How to get a test for the Coronavirus

SMART testing for people without symptoms in Blackburn and Darwen

People without symptoms of coronavirus who have to leave their home to work during the lockdown should get tested at least once a week to stop the spread of the virus. SMART tests are available at the venues below. You do not need to book and your test results will usually be available in half an hour. You will need a mobile number or email address to register when you arrive.

  • Ewood Park (Darwen End) open:  8am-3pm from Monday 1st March
  • King George’s Hall, Blackburn open: 10am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri)
  • Earcroft Children’s Centre, Darwen open: 9.30am-3.30pm (Mon-Sun)

With infection rates remaining higher those living in the vicinity of the hub sites are also encouraged to attend for regular tests.


Testing for people with symptoms

If you are worried or have any doubts about any possible covid-19 symptoms you can also attend one of the borough’s other walk-in testing facilities or the permanent testing site outside the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Appointments for the site outside the hospital are available via the national system. You can register and book online or by calling 119. The registration process takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. This provides you with an appointment.

There are also two walk-in sites at the locations below. Please note that these sites do not offer SMART tests and therefore your results will taken longer to arrive. You can book an appointment on-line, or just attend the site.

  • Blackburn college car park open 08:00-20:00
  • Railway Road car park, Darwen open 08:00-20:00

Parking is not available on site. Free parking is available on Knott Street, Atlas Road or Darwen Market Roof Top.

Please maintain social distancing and wear a face covering when you attend for a test.

A home test kit is available by calling 119 or you can request a home kit to be posted out to you online. When you have done your test at home and are ready to post your kit back, you need to use a Royal Mail priority postbox. You can find your nearest priority postbox on the Royal Mail website.


For further information about the Coronavirus and support that is available locally,  Visit www.blackburn.gov.uk/coronavirus