The Emerald Headingley Stadium Complex and ExpressTest (a division of Cignpost Diagnostics Ltd) today announce the opening of a brand new Covid-19 screening service centre. The complex, which comprises both Headingley cricket ground and Headingley rugby stadium, is located just two miles outside of Leeds City Centre. The site offers a fast and accurate PCR swab test and will be available for staff and members of the public from 20th December.

Staff at the Emerald Headingley Stadium will be charged at a subsidised rate but it will also be available for the general public for £99.  A group discount is also offered, with up to 30% off for groups of four or more, however participants need to ensure they are adhering to government guidelines when they arrive for their screening. 

Test results will be emailed or texted to customers typically the next day. For those receiving a test in order to travel abroad, it is advised to schedule a test 48-96 hours prior to their departure time, as a precaution.  Those who screen negative will be emailed a Fit to Fly certificate that is authorised by a doctor, along with their test result, however passengers are encouraged to check with their travel provider as to whether this document is accepted before booking the screening service.    

ExpressTest is delivered using the latest gold standard PCR equipment that is fully CE-IVD certified and manufactured to the highest possible standards, and tests are carried out by specially trained Screening Practitioners.   

ExpressTest has been set up by established screening parent company Cignpost Diagnostics whose clients include Netflix, The BBC and the PGA European Tour.  The company’s Co-Founders Nick Markham, Steve Whatley and Professor Denis Kinane, also the Chief Medical Officer, are now using their expertise to deliver world class testing to the general public. 

Sue Ward, Operations Director at the Emerald Headingley Stadium said:

“It’s great that those who require a private test can simply book an appointment slot with Express Test and receive the result the next day. We’ve worked closely with Express Test over the last few months to enable a drive through testing site to be implemented at Emerald Headingley. The service is targeted at those who require a quick test result before travelling or want peace of mind before sharing time with family members especially over Christmas. We are really proud to be able to offer our facilities and work with Express Test to deliver this service to the Leeds community. It’s a win, win situation for Express Test, the City and the Club.”

Nick Markham, Founder of ExpressTest said:  

“Our priority at ExpressTest is to provide the general public with the reassurance that they are Covid-free. This is especially important over the Christmas period, when people will be preparing to travel and visit family and friends. We are proud to have partnered with the Emerald Headingley Stadium to deliver our Gold Standard PCR tests and we hope to have more locations up and running across the UK over the coming months.”

Bookings open from today, with the test available from tomorrow. To book a test, visit and select a date and time.  Customers will then be sent a QR code which they must bring with them to their appointment, along with their passport.  Payment will be taken during the booking process.  Opening hours are 10am – 6pm and customers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to appointments.