If you have questions around testing for school pupils and their households you can find out more at the Testing in Schools page .
Getting a test if you have symptoms
Testing is crucial is stopping the spread of Covid. It is crucial that anyone with symptoms gets tested for Covid. The key symptoms are:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss/change in your sense of smell or taste
If you have any of these symptoms you should self isolate and book a PCR test.
How to book a PCR test
You cannot just turn up to a testing site, you must have an appointment.
It is free to get a test.
To book a test https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
Where you can get a PCR test
There are a number of different types of testing sites available to you –
- Drive Through Sites – If you have a car you can drive to these sites. You will be given the testing pack in the car. Some of these sites are larger with long opening hours and some of these are temporary mobile sites and are just open during the day. There is a local site across the road from Trafford House between the multistorey car park and The Bishop Blaize pub. There are also larger sites at Manchester Airport or the Etihad Stadium.
- Walk Through Sites – You walk through these sites and complete testing at a testing booth. You can still drive to these sites, but will need to park up close by and walk in. The walk through sites in Trafford are at Trafford Park (at the car park off Eleventh Street in Trafford Park near to the Village Metrolink stop) and Partington (At the old Moss View Road School).
If you are not able to get to a testing site you can order a home testing kit which will be sent to your house. You can find out more about how to take a coronavirus self test swab in this useful video.
If you need help in booking a test you can call the Coronavirus Testing Call Centre on 119.
When to self-isolate
You need to self-isolate for 10 days for the following reasons:
- If you develop symptoms – You must get tested immediately. If the result is positive, you should continue your 10 day self-isolation from the day when symptoms first started. If the result is negative, you no longer need to self-isolate.
- If a household member is symptomatic – You will need to self-isolate for 10 days if a household member develops symptoms. The household member must book a test immediately. If the result is positive, the household should continue the 10 day self-isolation from the day when symptoms first started. If the result is negative, the household no longer needs to self-isolate.
- If contacted by Test & Trace - You may also be asked to self-isolate by Test & Trace if they have been a contact of a positive case. In this instance they have to self-isolate for 10 days.
Getting tested if you don’t have symptoms
1 in 3 people do not have any Covid symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss/change in your sense of smell/taste), meaning you could have Covid, not know, and pass it onto someone else. Taking Lateral Flow Tests twice a week can help identify if you have Covid. Like the PCR test, the Lateral Flow Test uses a swab of nose and throat to identify people currently infected with Covid 19..
The advantage of a Lateral Flow Test over PCR testing is that it gives a result in 30 minutes, without the need for the test to be sent to a lab for analysis. It is therefore a useful test to perform if you want to be able to identify people who do not know they have the disease, and thereby prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus that could put others at risk. This is particularly important if the people are working in, for example, a health care setting where they could expose a large number of vulnerable people to infection.
In order to reduce the risk of a ‘false negative’ (where the test says the person is negative when they are actually positive) you should take a Lateral Flow test twice a week.
You can access tests by:
- Ordering kits straight to your front door – just click here.
- Picking up kits from a location near them (such as pharmacies or libraries) – just click here to find your closest site.
- Coming Trafford’s site in Stretford – click here to book.
Please note that it is crucial to remember that if you are symptomatic you should not take a Lateral Flow Test, but instead self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test.
Information on testing for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
We have put together an easy read visual guide on having a coronavirus test.