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.
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 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. Anyone else in your home must also isolate for 10 days.
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:
- aches and pains
- feeling very tired for no good reason
- sore throat
- runny nose
If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should book a test. You can book a test by going online to the GOV.UK website.
When completing the form, you will be asked "Why are you getting tested?”. Please select the following option:
- My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms.
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.
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.
Dinnington Local Test Site (LTS)
A walk-through local test site is available in the Dinnington Resource Centre car park. 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.
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 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.
If you are a known contact, you must self-isolate for 10 days even if you get a negative test result as you may still be incubating the infection.
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.