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Symptom-free testing

Our symptom-free testing stations remain open but are prioritising those who can't work from home to help manage demand at the stations.

Those who cannot work from home, key workers, those attending education and unpaid carers will take priority at all three testing centres in the borough, as these groups are more likely to be mixing with a greater number of people.

Symptom-free testing is available at:

  • St Mary’s Indoor Market, town centre
  • Chester Lane Community Centre, Sutton Manor
  • Grange Valley Youth Centre, Haydock
  • Torus Housing Office, Newton Road, Parr

at the following times:

  • Monday–Friday, 8.30am–6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10am–3pm
  • Torus Housing Office is open 1pm-6pm Mondato to Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Those who can work from home and are observing lockdown rules by only going out for exercise, shopping and to attend medical appointments, are less likely to need to get a test, as they are not mixing with others.

The test involves a swab from the nose and mouth, which is done by you. The results are usually available from 30 minutes to two hours later depending on demand. Please read this privacy notice.

If you test positive, you must isolate for 10 days. Everyone in your household will be a 'close contact' and must also isolate for 10 days. You will have received your result from NHS Test and Trace, via text message or email, and they will be in regular contact during your isolation period.

If you test negative, you can carry on your normal routine and remember to keep washing your hands, wear a face mask when appropriate, make space and limit your contacts with others to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate and book a test online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. If you have symptoms please do not attend the symptom-free testing centres.