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Testing and Tracing for Coronavirus

Testing and Tracing Coronavirus - NHS website

You must now visit the NHS website or call 119 to book a test. You cannot just turn up and you must have symptoms.

The service is very busy. If you can't book a test now, or the location or time are not convenient, try again in a few hours. 

Local test centres

Our local test centres are open 8am to 8pm every day and located at: 

  • Rochdale - in the marquee on the car park at the rear of Rochdale Town Hall, Packer Street, Rochdale OL16 1AB. For sat navs you may wish to use OL16 1AZ.
  • Middleton - in the marquee on the Market Place Car Park next to Middleton Arena, Old Hall Street, Middleton M24 1AG.
  • Heywood - Heywood Civic Centre, LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood OL10 1LW. Opened Wednesday, 26 August 2020 (initially open for 8 weeks).

You must drive, walk or cycle to the site - do not use a taxi or public transport. If this is not possible, you'll need to order yourself a home test.

Who can be tested?

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. The local test centres are open to all adults and children.

Parents must administer the test for children under the age of 5. 

There are private testing bays if you would like to conduct your test in total privacy.

How to book an appointment or get a home test

To arrange a test you must book through the NHS website and choose from the following options:

  • Test site at a local test centre.
  • Test site at a drive through centre not in the borough.
  • Home test.

Bookings for 8am to 1pm can be booked from 8pm the night before. Bookings from 1pm to 8pm can be booked from 10am that day.

If you have problems using the online service, call 119 to book at appointment.

Book a coronavirus test or order a home test kit on the NHS website

What the test involves

A swab test

The test usually 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. Children aged 11 or under cannot do the swab themselves. Their parent or guardian will have to swab test them.

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