You can get tested whether you have symptoms or not.

Getting a test if you have symptoms

If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms you need to take a symptomatic test (also known as a PCR test). You must self-isolate and only leave your home to get tested.

Symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You can get tested at a testing site or order a home test kit. Book online or call 119.

Home tests can be returned by using a Royal Mail priority post box. Use the Royal Mail's Services near you to find the nearest one. If you are not able to post the test yourself and cannot ask someone to post it for you, you can call 119 to arrange a courier to collect the test within 24 hours.

Getting a test if you do not have symptoms

Anyone in England who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow device (LFD) tests to check for coronavirus.

Why you should get tested regularly

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others.

Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

About rapid tests

The test for people without coronavirus symptoms is called a rapid lateral flow device (LFD) test.

The tests can give you a result in 30 minutes. They use a device similar to a pregnancy test and do not need to be sent to a lab.

You can do a rapid test at home or at a rapid lateral flow test site.

If you test positive, you and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate.

How to get regular rapid tests

Go to a test site

You can go to the rapid lateral flow test site at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS), Coleridge Road, Sheffield S9 5DA, to get a rapid test. The site is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and you should book an appointment.

Get a test to do at home

You can get rapid tests to do at home.

You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:

You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home:

If you do tests at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone. The instructions to do this will be in your test kit.

School, college, and nursery testing

If you attend or work at a school, college, or nursery you can get rapid tests through your school, college, or nursery.

If you're in a childcare or support bubble with someone who attends or works at a school, college, or nursery, you can get a rapid test at a rapid lateral flow test site or order tests to do at home (see Get a test to do at home’ above)

You're advised to do a test twice a week.

Primary school-age children and younger do not need to test.

Employee and university testing

Some employers and universities offer rapid tests. Ask your employer or university if they provide rapid tests.

If your test is positive

If you or anyone in your household tests positive, everyone in the household must:

  • self-isolate immediately
  • get a PCR test to confirm the result within 48 hours. Book online at or call 119

Financial support is available if you must self-isolate and are facing hardship:

A self-isolation pack to help you get through your period of isolation is also available on our Community Resources page.

Getting tested if you have been vaccinated

You should still get tested even if you have had a Coronavirus vaccination. You may still be able to pass the virus on to others, even if you do not become ill yourself.

Testing centre locations

Sharrow (Pedestrian)

  • Alderson Road Car Park, Sharrow, S2 4LG (down the road from London Road Pharmacy)
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Open 8am – 1.30pm for symptomatic (PCR) testing
  • Open 2.30pm – 8pm for collection of rapid LFD test kits

Darnall (Pedestrian)

Darnall test centre is temporarily closed. We will update the opening times here when it has reopened.

Burngreave (Pedestrian)

  • Gower Street Car Park, Burngreave, S4 7HA
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Open 8am – 1.30pm for symptomatic (PCR) testing
  • Open 2.30pm – 8pm for collection of rapid LFD test kits 

Upperthorpe (Pedestrian)

  • Shipton Street Car Park, Upperthorpe, Sheffield, S6 3EB
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Open 8am – 1.30pm for symptomatic (PCR) testing
  • Open 2.30pm – 8pm for collection of rapid LFD test kits 

Meadowhall Shopping Centre (Drive-Through)

  • Overspill car park, plot 7
  • Open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm

Parson Cross (Pedestrian and Drive-Through)

  • Remington Road, Parson Cross, S5 9AG
  • Open 7 days a week 11am to 4pm.

Halfway (Pedestrian and Drive-Through)

  • Halfway Park and Ride, S20 3GS 
  • Open 7 days a week 11am to 4pm

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