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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Testing

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:

  1. A high temperature
  2. A new, continuous cough
  3. 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 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

Around 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 do not have symptoms. Lateral Flow Tests are currently being used for some groups in order to identify people who have Covid, but don’t have symptoms. Like the PCR test, the lateral flow test uses a swab of nose and throat to identify people currently infected with Covid 19, and is being used for people without symptoms.

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.

However, there is a high risk of a ‘false negative’ result, (where the test says the person is negative when they are actually positive), especially when the test is performed by an inexperienced person or on a one off basis. It is therefore best used as part of a twice weekly testing regime for staff working in higher risk settings, as this will ensure that the impact of false negatives is reduced.

Find out more about lateral flow testing for people without symptoms.

In Trafford it is possible to get a Lateral Flow Test if you are in the following groups:

  • Schools – Secondary schools are able to set up testing sites for staff in the school setting. Primary schools are able to offer tests for staff to use at home. Full details on testing for school staff can be found here.
  • Social Care – Care Homes & Supported Living settings have been offered lateral flow tests for staff, residents and visitors. Just contact them to find out more.
  • Everyone Else – If you can’t get tested via the above routes, you can still access Lateral Flow Tests. 1) You can order home test kits straight to your front door – just click here. 2) You can find a local site to pick up tests from – just click here to collect from a testing site or click here to collect from a pharmacy/other local collection point 3) You can also come to a test site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. Trafford has a 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