NHS Test and Trace Service

Information about Asymptomatic Testing

Every adult in England will be able to access twice-weekly rapid tests for coronavirus from 9 April.

Lateral flow devices (LFDs) are used to help detect COVID-19. These devices identify people who have high levels of virus who do not have symptoms.

1 in 3 people with coronavirus show no symptoms and therefore can potentially spread it without knowing, the tests enable us to find these cases and prevent the spread of infection.

To make it as easy as possible there are many ways available to access testing:

  • Workplace testing: Many local employers are offering supervised testing for their employees in the workplace. Further information is available.
    • If you cannot work from home, you can attend our test centre at Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE. Parking is provided at the nearby Statutes car park for anyone attending the test site for the duration of their test only. You must book an appointment before visiting Riverside House. Book an appointment here.
  • Community testing: You can take a supervised test, get advice about getting regular tests or collect your test kits from our Community Test centre.
    Unity Centre, Saint Leonard’s Road, Rotherham S65 1PD. It is open 08:45 to 15:15 (closed for lunch 12:30 – 13:00) every Tuesday and Friday. It offers a free drop-in test service, so please be patient if there is a queue, and keep your social distance from other people.
  • Community collect: Community collect: You can collect test kits from several local libraries. All you need to do is visit any one of the following libraries and ask for your tests from the reception/welcome desk:
  • LFD Direct: For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home. You can order your lateral flow test on the GOV.UK website. 
  • NHS Test & Trace sites: These operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option. You will not need to provide ID to collect tests from these sites. Find your closest one on the NHS Website.
  • Pharmacy collect: From 9 April 2021, members of the public will be able to collect free lateral flow tests to use at home from a pharmacy. NHS England’s site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer the service.
  • Education: Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays. Please speak to your school/college for more information.

Rapid tests, or lateral flow tests, are a vital tool in helping to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find. They allow us to keep businesses open, prevent outbreaks and continue to relax restrictions safely.

These tests are safe, easy to use and give results in 30 minutes, so those who test positive can self-isolate immediately and avoid passing the virus on to others.

Financial support is available to you if you test positive, so you will not lose out on earnings should you be required to self-isolate. You can find out more about the financial support on offer here: 01709 807319 or click here for further information.

If you are self-isolating, there is practical support available from the Rotherham Community Hub. Further information about the Community Hub is available here.

Please remember that a negative result does not mean you are exempt from current guidance. You must continue to follow the rules around social distancing, mask wearing and indoor gatherings in line with the Government’s guidelines.

Further information about the guidance.


If you develop symptoms of Coronavirus you must book a test immediately, either by using the link below or by calling 119. Tests are free but they are ONLY for people who are showing coronavirus symptoms.

If you don’t have coronavirus symptoms then please DO NOT book a test via this method, see the details of our regular community testing for those without symptoms below.

If you are self-isolating due to being in contact with a positive case, for example, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early.  The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you won’t go on to develop the virus. That means you could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people so in these instances the best course of action is to self-isolate for the full 10 days, if you develop symptoms during this time you can then book a test.

To get in touch with any queries you can email the test centre at [email protected].