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COVID-19: FAST testing for those with no symptoms


What is the FAST testing programme?

The Find And Stop Transmission (FAST) 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.

You must not turn up to be tested if you have any symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must book for a COVID-19 test through the NHS or by ringing 101. About booking a test if you have symptoms.

This FAST Testing across the borough video gives more information about the programme.

Watch FAST Testing across the borough video on YouTube (1mins 7secs)

Who can access the FAST testing programme?

Across the borough of Rochdale frontline workers showing no symptoms can be FAST tested. If you're unable to work from home you'll be eligible for FAST testing.

How do I get tested?

You don't need to book or provide any evidence, you can simply turn up at one of the FAST testing centres across the borough.

We're encouraging you to get tested twice weekly to provide greater protection to both yourself and others.

Where are the FAST test centres and when are they open?

All sites are open 8am–7pm, Monday-Friday and 10am–4pm at weekends unless otherwise indicated.

Roving (temporary) FAST test centres and opening times

These centres are open every week at the following locations on the day shown. We'll continue to update this section as further sites are announced.







What will happen at the FAST 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 mobile phone. 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.

Your test results

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

If you test negative you must continue to follow COVID-19 measures. You should also continue to get tested weekly to provide greater protection to both yourself and others.

If you test positive:

  1. You have a legal duty to self-isolate - even if you subsequently obtain a negative PCR test result. See Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
  2. Testing positive will trigger NHS Test and Trace contact tracing.
  3. If you're unable to work and on low income you can apply to see if you're eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

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