Coronavirus: National lockdown

Stay home. Only go out for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work. Avoid travel unless essential. You must work from home if you can. Schools and essential shops will remain open.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

3. Community testing scheme

Coronavirus is still a very serious problem in Oldham

Testing saves lives - we will be coming to your communities with door to door testing and conversations about how to stay well

  • Protect yourself, your family, friends and neighbours by taking a free test.
  • To make it easy, our medics and volunteers are undertaking community door to door testing in the next few days giving out self-tests.
  • These can then be returned on the day or sent in the post. You’ll then be contacted with the result. We aim for results to be back within 48 hours, but in most cases they are back within 24 hours.
  • In order to stop the virus being passed on we need to track it down and make sure people who are infected don’t pass it on to others.
  • Testing as many people as possible is how we will do this. Some people have no symptoms and may unknowingly pass on the virus to their family, friends and others.

If you’re offered a test, please take it and help to stop the transmission of the virus.

What does a home test involve?

You need to push a thin swab up your nose and another one down your throat and then pop them into the container provided. You can see how easy it is in this video below.

How will I know the person at my door is working for the scheme?

  • Our volunteers are from a range of organisations including the council, health services and local volunteer groups. They will all have legitimate identification. They will ask for your name, address and contact information, so your test results can be sent to you. They will never ask for banking information.
  • We aim to cover as many streets as possible, but we won’t always get to every single household.
  • You can still book an appointment for a test. Get further details on our updates page.
  • Updates - web page

Can I refuse a test?

Yes, it’s up to you if you want to be tested. We would urge you to take the opportunity if you are offered it.  But y doing it you are keeping your family friends and neighbors safe.