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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 rapid lateral flow tests (LFT) and the programme is only for people showing no symptoms.

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 119. About booking a test if you have symptoms.

Who can access the FAST testing programme?

Across the borough of Rochdale if you're showing no symptoms you can be FAST tested.

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 (every 3 or 4 days) to provide greater protection to both yourself and others.

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

See site locations and opening times.

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 are encouraged to continue to follow COVID-19 measures. You should also continue to test twice weekly (every 3 or 4 days) to provide greater protection to both yourself and others.

If you are a contact of a positive case and test negative but do not meet the one of the 4 exemption criteria you will still be required to self-isolate. See exemption criteria.

If you test positive:

  1. You must book yourself a PCR test to confirm the result at a test site or at home. See local PCR test centres View stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
  2. If you subsequently obtain a negative PCR result within 48 hours of the positive LFT test result you no longer have to self-isolate.
  3. Contact tracing will begin immediately after a positive LFT result (this is without waiting for the results of a follow-up PCR). The tracing process will be stopped and self-isolation notices withdrawn where there is a negative follow-up PCR test result obtained within 48 hours of the LFT test result.
  4. 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.