NHS Test and Trace Service

Information about testing for Coronavirus

To support national contract tracing efforts, we are asking all residents to download and use the NHS COVID-19 app, and for businesses and venues to create and display QR posters to allow visitors to log in.

How to download the app

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must get tested as soon as possible. You must also self-isolate and stay at home while you wait for your test results.

If you have symptoms, however mild, you can use either the online booking system or call 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 test positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate and stay at home for at least 10 days.

Further guidance for self-isolating due to the coronavirus

DO YOU HAVE OTHER SYMPTOMS?

We know that COVID-19 virus can present in many ways and not just with the three main symptoms listed above. While spread of the disease continues to be high in working age people in Rotherham, the Council are recommending that you book a COVID-19 test as a precaution if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • headaches
  • aches and pains
  • feeling very tired for no good reason
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • sneezing

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should book a test. You can still book a test by going online to the GOV.UK website.

When completing the online form, you will be asked a series of questions including if you have symptoms, if you are needing a follow up test, and if you are part of a Government Pilot. Please answer no to these questions. When asked "why are you asking for a test?”, please select the following option:

  • I’ve been told to get a test by my local council, health protection team or healthcare professional

If you have any problems, call 119 for more advice and support.

Getting a PCR test to confirm a positive lateral flow test or because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you have a positive lateral flow test (LFT), you will need to have a PCR test to confirm the result. You must book your PCR test as soon as possible by booking a test at your local test site or by ordering one off the GOV.UK website. You can also order or book a test by calling 119.

You must continue to self-isolate at home.

When completing the online form, you will be asked a series of questions including if you have symptoms and if you are part of a Government Pilot. Please answer ‘no’ to these questions. When asked “has the person been asked to get a follow-up test?”, please select ‘yes’.

You may also be advised by the NHS Test and Trace service, your school or workplace, or by the local Test and Trace Service to get a PCR test if you have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

When completing the online form, you will be asked a series of questions including if you have symptoms, if you are needing a follow up test, and if you are part of a Government Pilot. Please answer ‘no’ to these questions. When asked "why are you asking for a test?”, please select one of the following options which most applies to your circumstances:

  • I’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for coronavirus
  • I was asked to get a test because I visited a venue where others have since tested positive
  • I've been told to get a test by my nursery, work or place of education

If you have any problems, call 119 for more advice and support.

Where can people get tested

You can book an appointment by going to the NHS website or by calling 119.

Ask for a coronavirus test

Midland Road old bus depot Mobile Test Unit (MTU) – suitable for people with cars

Appointments needed - 10am to 4pm.

Herringthorpe Local Test Site (LTS)

A walk-through local test site is available at Herringthorpe Stadium, Herringthorpe. It is open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. 

Maltby Local Test Site (LTS)

A walk-through local test site is available in the Maltby Leisure Centre car park. It is open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. 

Dinnington Local Test Site (LTS)

A walk-through local test site is available in the Dinnington Constable Lane car park. It is 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.

Ask for a coronavirus test 

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 must isolate for 10 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.

Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website

Coronavirus Contact Tracing in Rotherham

In the event of a Rotherham resident testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the national NHS test and trace team will contact you to give advice and obtain details of anyone you’ve been in contact with. If the NHS test and trace team have been unable to contact you within 24 hours, your case will be passed to local test and trace team at Rotherham Council who will contact you.