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Latest update on Covid-19 testing units available to support local response

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Testing is a vital part in our fight against Covid-19 and your help is needed to reduce its spread.

If you have any of the following Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, you must self-isolate and get a PCR test as soon as you can. These are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, loss or change of sense of smell or taste.

If you have tested positive from a lateral flow device (LFD), PCR tests are not needed.  Please self-isolate as normal. 

Getting a PCR test

You can order a home PCR test kits or book an appointment at a PCR test site by visiting gov.uk or by calling 119 (language support available).  All tests are free (apart from tests for travel). 

The testing system is currently very busy. If you’re unable to book or order a test right away, please continue to self-isolate and keep trying.

PCR home test kits

Your home test kit will usually be delivered the day after ordering, along with instructions on how to complete it.  We recommend locating and using your closest priority postbox to ensure that your completed test is processed as quickly as possible. If you need help returning your completed test, please call 119, who can provide further support.

PCR test sites in Sheffield

When you book a PCR, the test sites closest to you with available appointment times will be show for you to select. 

Some sites are pedestrian or drive-through only, so please check this before you attend so you can plan parking in advance if needed.

On arrival staff on-site will provide information on how to complete your test. Results will usually be returned within 48 hours. If you have not received your results by this time, please call 119.  If your results are positive, you will need to continue to self-isolate.

Test site locations:

Sharrow (Pedestrian only)

  • Alderson Road Car Park, Sharrow, S2 4LG (down the road from London Road Pharmacy)
  • Usual opening hours 8am to 6pm, 7 days per week

Burngreave (Pedestrian only)

  • Gower Street Car Park, Burngreave, S4 7JW
  • Usual opening hours 8am to 6pm, 7 days per week

Upperthorpe (Pedestrian only)

  • Shipton Street Car Park, Upperthorpe, Sheffield, S6 3EB
  • Usual opening hours 8am to 6pm, 7 days per week

Darnall (Pedestrian only with car parking available across the road)

  • Station Road Carpark, Darnall, S9 4JT
  • Usual opening hours 8am to 6pm, 7 days per week

Jordanthorpe (Pedestrian and Drive-through) (closing end of day 16 January)

  • At the site of the former Hazlebarrow School, 72 - 88 Hazlebarrow Crescent, S8 8AQ
  • Usual opening hours 9.30am to 3pm, 7 days per week
  • CLOSING END OF THE DAY - JAN 16

Meadowhall Shopping Centre (Drive-through only)

  • Overspill Car Park, Plot 7, Meadowhall, S9 1EP
  • Usual opening hours 8am to 6pm, 7 days per week

Halfway (Pedestrian and Drive-through)

  • Halfway Park and Ride, S20 3GS 
  • Usual opening hours 9am to 3pm, 7 days per week

Remington Road (Pedestrian and Drive-Through)

  • Remington Road, S5 9AG
  • Usual opening hours 9am to 3pm, 7 days per week

Middlewood (Drive-Through only)

  • Middlewood Park and Ride, Middlewood Rd, S6 1TQ
  • Usual opening hours 9am to 3pm, 7 days per week

Olive Grove Sports and Social Club (Drive-Through only)

  • Heeley Bank Road, S2 3GL
  • Usual opening hours 9am to 3pm, Mon-Fri only

Norton (Drive-Through only) (Opening 17 January)

  • Old Norton aerodrome, Lightwood Lane, S8 8BG
  • Usual opening hours 9am to 3pm, 7 days per week
Getting Rapid Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests 

Even if you're vaccinated, it is recommended you take an LFD test at times of high risk, for example, when you will be spending time in crowded and enclosed places, or before spending time with those who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract COVID-19.

If you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your final dose) and you are a close contact of a positive case, you should also take an LFD test daily for the next 7 days, or 10 days since your last contact, if this is sooner.

An LFD test uses either a throat and nasal swab or, on newer packs, just a nasal swab and you will be able to see your test result in 30 minutes.  If you’re unsure how to do an LFD test, there’s video guidance for the different test types on gov.uk

You will need to report your results online or on the phone. The instructions to do this will be in your test kit. It’s important to report even negative results, as this helps to provide an accurate picture of COVID-19 in the UK. 

Pharmacy collect:

You can collect a pack of 7 tests for free from many local pharmacies. Find your closest pharmacy here

If you can, before you collect your tests, you should apply for a ‘collect code’ to give to the pharmacy by registering online, or by calling 119.  If you do not have access to a code, you will still be able to collect tests.

Home delivery:

You can also order a pack of 7 tests to be sent to your home for free from gov.uk or by calling 119. 

Community Covid Team:

You can also collect a pack of 7 free tests from the Community Covid Bus. Staff can also administer, or help you do an LFD test: Search #CommunityCovidBus on Twitter to see where we’ll be next. They are also available at our COVID Community Shop at the Moor Market.

Workplace testing

Some employers offer rapid LFD tests. Ask your employer if they provide them. If they don’t, you can get these yourself - see ‘Getting regular rapid LFD tests' above.

Nursery, school, college, or university testing 

It is important if you attend secondary school, college or university that you do a rapid LFD test twice a week and you should be able to access LFD kits via the setting.

If you work in an early years or children and young people’s education setting it is important that you do a rapid LFD test twice a week. You will be able to access LFD testing kits from the setting.

Parents/carers of primary age pupils (aged 5 and above) are encouraged to test their child if they are identified as a contact of a positive COVID 19 case. The setting will advise you further on this.  You should access testing kits via the Community Covid Team, Pharmacy Collect or home delivery, as outlined above.

If your child has symptoms of Covid-19, you must book a PCR test for them.

What to do if you test positive

If you test positive you must self-isolate to help stop the virus spreading. Find out more about self-isolation, including practical and financial support, on our self-isolation page.

If you test positive with a rapid LFD test and you don’t have any symptoms, you no longer need to do a confirmatory PCR test. Instead, you should self-isolate as normal.

Getting tests for travel

Check the latest government guidance for more information on test requirements for travel abroad.

PCR and LFD tests for travel purposes are chargeable and carried out by verified private providers - you cannot use the NHS Test and Trace service.

For more information and to find a verified provider, visit gov.uk.

Avoiding COVID scams

We are aware of an increasing number of scams in relation to COVID-19. To help avoid falling victim to scams, please note that:

  • You will never be called by Test and Trace from a mobile or withheld number.
  • You will never be asked to call a premium rate number, set up a password or PIN over the phone, or to provide your bank details.
  • You will never be asked to make a payment for a COVID test (except for those relating to travel), a COVID vaccination or a COVID pass.
  • Travel tests are chargeable, and you should only use an approved travel test provider
  • You can stay alert to potential COVID-19 scams by signing up for Action Fraud's fraud alert service
  • If you believe that you have been a victim of COVID-19 fraud, report it to Action Fraud
Coronavirus Community Resources

For materials on Coronavirus support information in different languages and formats please visit Coronavirus Community Resources our online resources centre.