Ribble Valley Testing Site FAQs

Where is the coronavirus testing site in Ribble Valley?

There are two testing sites one is on Church Walk (BB7 2RA) and the other is located on the Edisford Road car park near Ribblesdale Pool. The full address for the one at Edisford Road, Clitheroe, BB7 3LA.

Why has this location been chosen?

The Edisford Road site has been chosen by the NHS and other partners, due to the fact it is a large, open space with relatively easy access. Whilst Council Chambers offers access from local businesses close to the town centre.

Can I get tested even though I don’t have any symptoms?

You can get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information plaease visit the NHS Website.

Can I turn up without an appointment?

For more information on booking a test at Council Chambers please refer to 'Employees offered Rapid Covid-19 testing' press release.

For Edisford Rd, you must have pre-booked an appointment to attend the site. You can book an appointment either online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, by calling 119, or through the app on your smart phone if you have downloaded this.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app here:

Is the Edisford Rd site a walk-through or drive-through testing facility?

The site is a walk-through only facility.

I live locally to the Edisford Rd site and am concerned that people with coronavirus will be in close proximity to my home?

The testing site has been chosen by the NHS and partners as it is far enough away from residential homes so that there is no increased risk to local residents from anyone visiting the site who goes on to test positive for coronavirus. People attending the site must follow government safety guidance, including wearing a face mask at the site, unless they are exempt, adhering to all social distancing rules, and continuing to follow self-isolation rules outside of the test site. They will also be asked to immediately leave the site following their test.

What about increased traffic around the Edisford Rd testing site?

Whilst every effort is made to control the amount of traffic around the area, there may well be times when traffic seems heavier than usual for the area. A strict number of tests can be booked though the appointment system, limiting the traffic. We will continue to monitor the traffic with support from Lancashire County Council.

What happens when I turn up at the site for my test?

There is lots of directional signage to help you navigate the site, as well as staff present to guide you through the process whilst you are there.

What does the test involve?

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you.

Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

Do I have to live in Ribble Valley to visit the test centre?

Although we anticipate that predominantly it will be Ribble Valley residents using the site, it will be available to our neighbouring towns and cities to access a test.

Who is in charge of the site?

The site is owned and run by the NHS Track and Trace Service with little involvement from the council other than providing the car park it is set up on. You can however contact us on 01200 425111 should you have any concerns and we will contact the organisers for a response.