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Targeted COVID-19 Rapid Testing for key workers with no Symptoms


What is the rapid testing programme?

The rapid testing programme is being used to help detect and fight COVID-19. It uses lateral flow tests and the programme is only for people showing no symptoms. The tests are free.

We are making those eligible aware and inviting them to get tested at an Asymptomatic Testing Centre (ATS)

You must not turn up to be tested at an ATS if you have any symptoms. If you have symptoms, Please book a PCR test at or call 119.

Tameside Council’s Public Health team are recommending those eligible who do not have any symptoms attend local rapid testing centres to get tested twice weekly.

Who can access the rapid testing programme?

Across the borough of Tameside frontline workers showing no symptoms can be rapid tested. If you're unable to work from home and need to come into contact with others at work you'll be eligible for rapid testing.

The tests are aimed at key workers like health and social care staff, nurseries and early years staff, carers, taxi drivers, other transport workers, those working in manufacturing and retail, police, fire, retail workers and frontline utility staff. 

If you have had a Covid vaccination it is still important to come for rapid lateral flow testing as it is still possible to become infected with Covid, not have symptoms and pass it on to others.

If you have had Covid it is still important to come for rapid lateral flow testing.  This is because it is possible to catch Covid twice and people’s antibodies decline at differing rates. 

How do I get tested?

You don't need to book, you can simply turn up at one of the rapid testing centres across the borough and bring ID and proof of occupation.
We're encouraging you to get tested twice every week to provide greater protection to both yourself and others.

Where are the rapid test centres, and when are they open?

Dukinfield Town Hall Chapel Street entrance
King Street, Dukinfield, SK16 4LA
Monday - Friday 7am-7pm
Stalybridge Civic Hall - (Old Market Hall) entrance near the Statue
Trinity Street, Stalybridge SK15 2BN
Monday – Friday  9am-5pm

What will happen at the rapid test centres?

You'll need to ensure you follow the instructions carefully at the test centre at all times.
  1. You should wear a face covering at all times except when the test is taking place, unless you're exempt.
  2. You'll be asked to register your test ideally using your own device such as a a smart phone with QR reader. If you don't have access to a device we'll be able to help you register.
  3. You will be guided to a booth where you'll follow a step-by-step guide to self-administer the test.
  4. The test should take you no longer than a few minutes to complete and is similar to a COVID-19 test for when you've symptoms.


A soldier from 1st Regiment Royal Military Police walks you through the procedures at an ATS.
Please bring ID and proof of occupation - registration currently not needed.

Your test results

You should receive your results by text or email after 30 minutes of having your test.

If you test negative this does not guarantee that you do not have Covid so you must continue to follow COVID-19 measures. You should also continue to get tested twice weekly to provide greater protection to both yourself and others.

If you test positive, you'll need to self-isolate immediately.  You and your household will be required by law to continue isolating for 10 days from the date of your rapid test. 

If you're isolating, unable to work and on low income you can find out if you're eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.


What if I am a volunteer?
If you are actively volunteering and come into contact with people, then you are eligible for asymptomatic rapid testing. Please contact Action Together for confirmation of your volunteer status to show at the testing centre by emailing

Do I need to live or work in Tameside to be eligible for rapid testing?
You are eligible if you either live or work in Tameside. E.g if you live in Oldham and travel to Tameside for work you would be eligible for a test at one of our sites.

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