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COVID-19: PCR tests

You must visit the NHS website or call 119 to book a PCR test at a test centre. You cannot just turn up.


Who can be tested at the local PCR test centres?

You can get a PCR test if any of the following apply:

  • You've got coronavirus symptoms
  • You've had a positive result after taking a Lateral Flow Test (LFT)
  • If you're a contact of a positive case and have been told to isolate for 10 days you are advised to get a PCR test during your isolation period even, if you don't have symptoms.

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.

Where are the local PCR test centres and when are they open?

Our main local test centres are located at: 

  • Rochdale - in the car park at Rochdale Leisure Centre, Entwisle Road, Rochdale OL16 2HZ. Find Rochdale Leisure Centre on Google maps. Open 8am-8pm every day including bank holidays. From 1 November 2021 the opening times will be 8am-6pm.
  • Middleton - in the marquee on the Market Place Car Park next to Middleton Arena, Old Hall Street, Middleton M24 1AG. Find the Middleton test centre on Google maps. Open 8am-8pm every day including bank holidays. From 1 November 2021 the opening times will be 8am-6pm.
  • Heywood - Heywood Civic Centre, LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood OL10 1LW. Find Heywood test centre on Google maps. Open 8am-8pm every day including bank holidays. From 1 November 2021 the opening times will be 8am-6pm.

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 an appointment.

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

Your test results

You should be contacted within 48 hours with your test results.

If you have taken a test because you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19

  •  Test negative: you're not required to isolate however, if you still feel unwell after a negative test, stay at home until you're feeling better. Contact a GP if your symptoms get worse or do not go away.

    You are encouraged to continue to follow COVID-19 measures. You should also continue to test twice weekly (every 3 or 4 days) to provide greater protection to both yourself and others.
  • Test positive: if you have a legal duty to self-isolate for 10 days. Follow the advice you're given when you get the results. View stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.

If you have taken a test as a contact of a positive case

Testing positive will trigger NHS Test and Trace contact tracing. Support for people affected by coronavirus.

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.

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)

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  • Community Collect home-test service for people showing no symptoms and in regular contact with school age children
  • Testing children and isolation from school - what to do if your child has COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive, has to self-isolate and more
  • Test and Trace: contact tracing
  • NHS Test and Trace app: mandatory collection of your details
  • How to report someone you suspect is not self-isolating

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