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Latest guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19: get tested and local contact tracing

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


Who can be tested at the local test centres?

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.

Testing children and isolation from school

Find out what to do if your child has COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive, has to self-isolate and more.

When are the test centres open?

Our main local test centres are open 8am-8pm every day.

Over the Christmas period the test centres will be open as normal apart from:

  • Friday, 25 December 2020 - open 9am-3pm
  • Monday, 28 December 2020 - open 9am-3pm
  • Friday, 1 January 2021 - open 9am-3pm

Where are the local test centres?

The testing centre at Rochdale Town Hall, Packer Street, Rochdale OL16 1AB.will offer its last day of testing on Monday, 30 November 2020.  A new testing centre will open on Rochdale Leisure Centre's car park on Thursday, 3 December 2020. If you need a test on Tuesday, 1 December 2020 or Wednesday, 2 December 2020 you can still get tested at Heywood Civic Centre or Market Place car park in Middleton.

Our main local test centres are located at: 

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.

How do I 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-1pm can be booked from 8pm the night before. Bookings from 1pm-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 will happen at the walk through testing centre?

The Department of Health and Social Care has created a video to explain how test centres operate. It includes what to expect at the site, how to take the test, how you'll get your results and more.

Watch 'visiting a local testing site' video on YouTube (3mins 56secs)

How do I use a home test kit?

Here's a tutorial video to support the written instructions in your home test kit.


Watch 'how to take a coronavirus self-test' video on YouTube (5mins 10secs)


Test and Trace: contact tracing

Test and trace is a process for identifying people who have tested positive or are at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) because they‘ve been physically close enough to a person who has tested positive. These people will be given advice to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

NHS Test and Trace app: mandatory collection of your details

​Contact tracing is part of the NHS test and trace approach to containing the virus.

Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, have a legal requirement to maintain records of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace from Thursday, 24 September 2020. They will also be required to display the official NHS QR code posters.

How does the local contact tracing work?

We've introduced a tier 2 contact tracing for everyone who lives in the borough of Rochdale. This means:

  1. Once you've tested positive for COVID-19, the national contact tracing team will contact you about your results. If they're unable to contact you within 24 hours, they'll pass your details on to us.
  2. Once we've received your details from the national contact tracing team, we'll text you to let you know we're going to ring you.
  3. You can call us on 01706 928666 or wait for us to call you.
  4. If we've been unable to speak to you by phone within 24 hours, we'll visit you at home to talk to you about your test result.
  5. If you're not in, we'll leave you a letter containing advice, how you may be able to access financial support and any additional support you may require whilst you and your household are isolating.

See how the NHS test and trace works on GOV.UK

What should I do if I test positive for coronavirus?

You are required by law to self-isolate if you test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. There are fines for those breaking the rules.

Find out if you're eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment whilst isolating. You can also access additional information you may find useful if you're self-isolating.

How to report someone you suspect is not self-isolating

We're working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police to resolve COVID-19 breaches. 

If you know someone who has returned from abroad, should be self-isolating and you suspect is not please email us.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases

Due to patient confidentiality, we're unable to provide information about any cases. 

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