Testing for people without coronavirus symptoms

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Tests for everyone without symptoms

Anyone without coronavirus symptoms can now access free rapid coronavirus testing twice a week as part of a national universal testing offer. 

Previously rapid testing was focused on essential workers and people that couldn't work from home. However, with lockdown starting to be eased and more people returning to work or spending time away from home, rapid testing is now being made available to everyone.  

Rapid testing is for people that don't have coronavirus symptoms. The test helps to pick up cases that might otherwise not have been discovered.  With this knowledge we can break the chain of transmission, helping us to protect people around us and safely getting back to a more normal way of life.

The rapid test, known as a lateral flow test, takes approximately five minutes to complete and the results are available in around an hour if you are having an assisted test, or within 30 minutes if you are taking the test yourself. 

There are two main ways you can arrange a rapid test:

  1. Assisted testing at a test centre
  2. Home testing via self-test kit

Assisted testing at a test centre

You can book an assisted rapid test at one of our testing centres, where one of our team will explain what to do. They will process your result which will be sent to you by email or text message in around an hour.

Book an assisted rapid test at one of our testing centres:

  • Waterfold Business Park, Bury BL9 7BR
  • The Mosses Centre, Cecil Street, Bury BL9 0SB 

Home testing via self-test kit

You can also take the test yourself at home by following the instructions included within the self-test kit. You can get self-test kits in a number of ways:

  1. By collection from a local test centre
  2. By collection from a participating pharmacy
  3. By ordering a test to be delivered to your home

Collection from a test site

  • Book a collection time at Waterfold Business Park or the Mosses Centre
  • Collect a kit from one of Bury's Department of Health and Social Care testing sites, between 2.30pm and 8pm. The sites are open every day. You don't need an appointment.
    • Prestwich test site:  Longfield Centre car park (via Rectory Lane), Prestwich M25 1AY 
    • Radcliffe test site:  Former Radcliffe Pool car park, Blackburn Street, Radcliffe, M26 1NG 
    • Ramsbottom test site:  Great Eaves Road, Ramsbottom BL0 0PX   
    • Whitefield test site:  Whitefield Library, Pinfold Lane, Whitefield, M45 7NY

Collection from a participating community pharmacy

Go to nhs.uk to enter a town, city or postcode in England to check for the nearest participating pharmacy near you.  Results can be viewed on a map or in list form. 

Ordering a test to be delivered to your home

Registering your results

If you do testing at home you will need to register your results online or by phoning 119 within 24 hours of taking the test. All the information you need will be included in the self-test kit.

Anyone who has a positive rapid test result should self-isolate and will be required to take a follow-up PCR test within two days to confirm the result, even if they don't have symptoms.  This is also important to help track any variants of concern. Find out how to book a PCR test

Even if you have a negative result, it is still vital to continue to follow the guidance around hands, face, space and air, to avoid catching coronavirus.

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Free rapid tests for schools and colleges

You should get a free rapid test to use at home if:

  • You are a student at a school or college, or if you are a family or household member, including childcare and support bubbles
  • You work in a school, college, or early years location such as a nursery

About a third of individuals with coronavirus show no symptoms and can potentially spread it without knowing.

Targeted, regular testing will mean more positive cases within households are found - meaning positive cases can self isolate and break the chain of transmission.

Rapid testing kits can be collected, free of charge, from our Department of Health and Social Care testing sites between 2.30pm and 8pm, the sites are open every day. You don't need an appointment.

The test centre locations are:   

  • Prestwich test site:  Longfield Centre car park (via Rectory Lane), Prestwich M25 1AY 
  • Radcliffe test site:  Former Radcliffe Pool car park, Blackburn Street, Radcliffe, M26 1NG 
  • Ramsbottom test site:  Great Eaves Road, Ramsbottom BL0 0PX   
  • Whitefield test site:  Whitefield Library, Pinfold Lane, Whitefield, M45 7NY 

Please note: Anyone that has a positive rapid test result will be required to take a follow up PCR test to confirm the result, even if you don't have symptoms. Find out how to book a PCR test

More guidance on Gov.uk


Coronavirus testing support for businesses

Many employers are offering testing in the workplace. This includes testing sites where you can take a supervised test, and 'workplace collect' where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for you to access rapid tests, if not, you can still access regular rapid testing via the universal testing options described above.