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 can get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms.

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus.

If you test positive, you and anyone you live with will need to self-isolate to help stop the virus spreading.

How to get regular rapid tests

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:

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.

Get a rapid test at the Community Covid Bus

The Community Covid Bus will be travelling all over Sheffield offering testing and advice. It will visit parks, schools, workplaces, community events. Please don't go to the bus if you have symptoms.

  • staff will help you take your rapid LFD test and results are ready in 30 minutes
  • you can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests to take home
  • get advice on vaccinations and booking an appointment or get advice on self-isolation and help to access financial support
  • staff speak a variety of languages and can provide information in different languages or accessible formats
  • schools, businesses or community groups that would like the bus to visit them can email communitytesting@sheffield.gov.uk
  • you can find out more by watching our video

See if the minibus is in your area on our Twitter and Facebook.

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 www.nhs.uk/coronavirus 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

If you are travelling to a Pedestrian only test centre by car, please plan your parking in advance.

Sharrow (Pedestrian)

  • Alderson Road Car Park, Sharrow, S2 4LG (down the road from London Road Pharmacy)
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Open 8am to 8pm for symptomatic (PCR) testing

Station Road car park (Pedestrian)

  • Station Road, Darnall, S9 4JU
  • Open 7 days a week 9am to 3pm

Burngreave (Pedestrian)

  • Gower Street Car Park, Burngreave, S4 7HA
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Open 8am to 8pm for symptomatic (PCR) testing

Upperthorpe (Pedestrian)

  • Shipton Street Car Park, Upperthorpe, Sheffield, S6 3EB
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Open 8am to 8pm for symptomatic (PCR) testing

Meadowhall Shopping Centre (Drive-Through)

  • Overspill car park, plot 7, S9 1EP
  • Open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm

Halfway (Pedestrian and Drive-Through)

  • Halfway Park and Ride, S20 3GS 
  • Open 7 days a week 9am to 3pm

Darnall (Pedestrian)

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