Enhanced testing strategy for Rotherham

There is an enhanced Covid-19 testing strategy for Rotherham Borough residents which means residents can now get tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

Enhanced testing strategy for Rotherham

There is an enhanced Covid-19 testing strategy for Rotherham Borough residents which means residents can now get tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

Encouraging more people to get tested will help us identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus - people who have Covid-19 and who may be unknowingly spreading it to other people.

This will help reduce local infection rates, protect our loved ones and help keep Rotherham open.

How to arrange a test

The tests are free, quick and painless and can be carried out at one of the local drive-in centres or by using a home testing kit sent in the post. Extra drive-through testing sites have been set-up in the Rotherham Borough. People must pre-book to use these sites

Currently, if people don't have symptoms, they will need to use the NHS website www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test to book a test.

As they work through the booking system they will be asked if they have symptoms or not - they can say that you don't have symptoms and still be able to progress through to make a booking.

People who do have symptoms can book a test by either calling 119 or using the website.

Due to the increase in demand, it's possible they may be booked up when people first try to book a slot - but they should keep checking back, new slots are regularly being added. Residents can also book to use other nearby drive-through facilities outside the borough, such as Meadowhall.

Similarly, only a set number of home testing kits are available at any one time, so people are advised to check back later if none are available when they try.

Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) can also book a test by telephoning NHS Test and Trace on 119. But this is only for people with symptoms.

Book a test on the NHS website here

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