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COVID-19 Rapid Testing for those 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.

Tameside Council’s Public Health team are recommending everyone in Tameside who does not have any symptoms get tested twice weekly.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should book a test online: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

Who can access the rapid testing programme?

Everyone can access the rapid testing programme – there is no eligibility criteria.

Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days should not take a lateral flow test.

How do I get tested?

Tests can be accessed via any of the means below:  
Darnton Road Carpark, Ashton, SK15 1NH
 
Every day  8am-8pm
Beeley Street Car Park, Hyde, SK14 2TB
 
Every day  8am-8pm
 


Home Testing


A step by step guide on how to take and register a lateral flow test

 

Downloadable instructions on how to complete a lateral flow test are below: 


Your test results

Report the result at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or by calling 119:
  • every time you use a rapid lateral flow test kit
  • as soon as possible after you get the result – must be within 24 hours


If you receive a positive result you should stay at home and book a confirmatory PCR test: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test immediately.


Testing at an asymptomatic testing site

What will happen at the test site?

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 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 receive a positive result you should stay at home and book a confirmatory PCR test: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test immediately.

Self-Isolation – for advice and guidance including on financial support available please go to www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/selfisolation
 

Frequently Asked Questions

I or someone in my household has symptoms, what do I do?

If you or someone in your household has symptoms, isolate at home as a whole household, and those with symptoms need to book a PCR test via: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or telephone 119.

I have had a negative test result via a lateral flow device test, am I okay?

A negative test result is good, but it is important that you continue to follow national guidance for washing your hand, covering your face (face coverings), and keep up with social distancing (2 metres) from others outside of your household/ childcare bubble.

I have had a positive test result via a lateral flow test device, what do I do?

Isolate at home as a whole household, and those who tested positive need to book a PCR test via: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or telephone 119.

If someone else in my household/bubble tests positive but I test negative do I still need to isolate?

Yes, you need to isolate for 10 days from the day the person in your household / bubble tested positive or showed symptoms.

What if I don’t have access to internet/digital – how will I report results?

People in England can report results via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines) - Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.
 
Is there a helpline/support number to call for help and guidance?

People in England can call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines) - Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

I have received a positive test result but self-isolating will lead me to face financial hardship, what should I do?

To support people on a low income whose earnings are affected by the need to self-isolate for 10 days, the Government set up a Test and Trace Payment scheme.

Parents or guardians on a low income, who need to take time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolating and whose earnings are affected may be also be eligible for the £500 payment.

Check whether you are eligible at www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/tatspaymentscheme

Those who don’t meet the specific eligibility criteria above but who are on a low income and will face financial hardship as a result of self-isolating may still be entitled to financial support under a special discretionary scheme. The discretionary scheme can be applied to by using the same online form.

Should I still take part in the asymptomatic testing programme if I have recently tested positive for COVID-19?
 
If you have tested positive by PCR for COVID-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity, or how long it will last. It is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after COVID-19 infection.
 
Anyone who has previously received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result should not be re-tested within 90 days of that test, unless they develop any new symptoms of COVID-19.
 
If, however, you do have an antigen LFD test within 90 days of a previous positive COVID-19 PCR test, for example as part of a workplace or community testing programme, and the result of this test is positive, you and your household should self-isolate and follow the steps in this guidance again.
 
If it is more than 90 days since you tested positive by PCR for COVID-19, and you have new symptoms of COVID-19, or a positive antigen LFD or PCR test, follow the steps in this guidance again.

There are multiple adults living in my household, can I order home testing kits for all of them as one request or does this need to be done separately?
 
During the online ordering process, you will be guided through a series of questions to help you access the most appropriate testing channel based on your household situation. If you are directed to collect tests from a local test site you will be provided with 2 boxes that contain 7 tests each (14 tests) based on your household taking twice weekly tests. If you have a larger household, or are also collecting for your childcare bubble you may be eligible to collect up to 4 boxes (28 tests).
 
How many tests am I allowed to pick up from a test site?
 
During the online ordering process, you will be guided through a series of questions to help you access the most appropriate testing channel based on your household situation. If you are directed to collect tests from a local test site you will be provided with 2 boxes that contain 7 tests each (14 tests) based on your household taking twice weekly tests. If you have a larger household, or are also collecting for your childcare bubble you may be eligible to collect up to 4 boxes (28 tests).

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