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Read the latest information on coronavirus.

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.

This 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.

On this page:

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.

Additional temporary test centre

From Monday, 21 September 2020 - Wednesday, 23 September 2020, between 10.30am-3.30pm a temporary coronavirus mobile testing unit will be available on Lower Falinge. If you've coronavirus symptoms you can book an appointment for a test. Please use the details on this page to book an appointment.

The test centre is located at:

Where are the local test centres?

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


NHS Test and Trace App resources for businesses

Access resources such as posters to support your visitors when using the NHS Test and Trace App.

Local contact tracing

​Contact tracing is part of the NHS test and trace approach to containing the virus. It's mandatory for some business to take your contact details and display the official NHS QR poster. See which organisations should collect your details to support NHS Test and Trace.

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.

How does the local contact tracing work?

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

  1. Once you've had a coronavirus test, the national contact tracing team will contact you about your results. If they're unable to contact you within 48 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 including the need to self-isolate immediately.
See how the NHS test and trace works on GOV.UK

What should I do if I test positive for coronavirus?

If you've tested positive for coronavirus, you may find the following information useful.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases

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