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2. Testing for people without symptoms

Pop up rapid testing sites

As more retail shops and leisure businesses reopen, it’s important that we undergo twice-weekly coronavirus tests to help spot positive cases and to manage these effectively so we can keep businesses open. 

In line with the government roadmap of opening back up – we want to help retail, hospitality, and their customers return safely to Oldham by providing pop-up rapid testing sites in Oldham for those without symptoms.   

Offering free rapid testing, with no appointment necessary and results back on your phone usually within the hour.   

So if you work or spend time in the town centre e.g. you are a worker (retail, hospitality or office), a shopper or just enjoying hospitality – we want you to be safe and not spread the virus in Oldham, so come and get a free test whilst you are here (recommended twice a week)  

This week, our pop-ups are at:

  • Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre - Upper Level (next to the YMCA Charity Shop) – Monday – Saturday 9am to 4.30pm
  • Tesco Extra, Huddersfield Road (gound floor entrance near Huddersfield Road) – Monday – Saturday 9am to 6pm 

Where to get tested

Regular testing of people without symptoms (asymptomatic) is important to help stop the virus from spreading and protect your loved ones.

If you are not showing symptoms you can get tested at the following locations:

NOTE: the last test will be 30 minutes before the pharmacy closing time

Home testing kits

These are available if –  

  • you do not have coronavirus symptoms - NHS website
  • you live in England 
  • you have not been told to self-isolate

The tests should be completed twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart).

Where to get a home testing kit

Home test kits are being encouraged for as many people as possible.

You can pick up a home testing kit from any Oldham library or The Link Centre.

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Along with most pharmacies across the borough. 

For a list of locations where you can pick up a home testing kit, visit

You can also collect a kit from:

Order online

If you are unable to access a collection site, please order rapid lateral flow home test kits online:

How to use the test

Each home test pack will contain instructions explaining how to take the test and how to interpret the results.

You can find an easy step-by-step guide by visiting

If you are still unsure how to do the test you can visit one of the test sites listed above and they will guide you through a self-swab and answer any questions you might have.


The results of the test, whether positive, negative or invalid, must be reported via the GOV.UK website:

If the test result from the home test kit is positive, then you and your household must self-isolate.

After reporting the positive result on the GOV.UK website you must book a PCR test to confirm the result. 

This can be done online:

 by calling 119 or by turning up to a morning slot at the Honey Well Centre, Peel Street or Southgate street test sites (do not attend the rapid test sites).

Workplace support

Workplace support is available to any Oldham business that employs more than 50 members of staff on site or local community groups.

Our outreach team can:

  • Come to your site and carry out workforce rapid testing on your behalf. 
  • Give guidance and assistance on how to set up your own on-site testing programme.
  • Support you with contact tracing.

The service is free of charge and can be accessed by emailing rapidtesting@oldham.gov.uk

Registering positive cases

Where cases occur, businesses should inform Oldham Council by completing this online form.

It’s important that positive cases are registered so we can keep a record of local cases, quickly assess any outbreaks and to help establish close contacts to keep the setting safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Isolation support

Keeping yourself away from other people when you could be infectious is the most effective way of stopping coronavirus. 

If you’re told to self-isolate, it’s important to do so immediately and for the full 10 days. You shouldn’t leave home for any reason.

Isolation payments are available to eligible workers who are either a positive case or a contact. 

For help with self- isolation payments go to www.oldham.gov.uk/selfisolationpayment or call our COVID-19 Helpline on 0161 770 7007.

Developing symptoms

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, you must book a test:

You must not attend one of the asymptomatic test sites.

You and your household must isolate until the result is known.