Information about testing for Coronavirus
If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you must get tested. If you don’t have Covid-19 symptoms you must not get tested. If you do, you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it. This is increasingly important as we head into Autumn and Winter.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
People with symptoms, however mild, can use both the online booking system and the 119 to book a test. Symptoms include:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
When requesting a test, you'll be asked for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address.
If you have symptoms you must isolate at home for 10 days and anyone else in your home must isolate for 14 days.
Where can people get tested
You can book an appointment by going to the NHS website or by calling 119.
Midland Road old bus depot Mobile Test Unit (MTU) – suitable for people with cars
Appointments needed - 10am to 4pm.
Forge Island Local Test Site (LTS)
The walk-through local test site now open to the public and will be open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.
If a Rotherham site is not offered when you go online, please try again later as new appointment slots are being added all the time.
Home test kits
You can ask for a testing kit to be delivered to you at home by going to the NHS website or by calling 119.
The kit will be delivered and collected by a courier so there is no need to leave your home.
What the test involves
The test 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 or someone can do it for you.
What does the result mean?
If you receive a negative result this means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time you were tested. You must still follow the guidelines and exercise caution to prevent you from getting the virus. This means:
- Maintain social distancing by keeping two metres apart
- Wash your hands often
- Wear a face covering on public transport and in shops
- Get tested if you have symptoms
If you test positive for coronavirus you will need to isolate for 10 days. Members of your household will need to isolate for 14 days.
A contact tracer from the NHS Test and Track Service will call, text or email you to ask who you have recently come into contact with and any places you have visited. Once you have done this, everyone you have identified will be alerted by text or email.
If you are a contact of someone with COVID-19
If you have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you are a contact of someone with COVID-19, you must get a test if you are told to do so.
If you are a known contact, you must self-isolate for 14 days even if you get a negative test result as you may still be incubating the infection.