New local testing site in Sharrow
 
Key messages:
  • Sheffield City Council is putting in place an additional three new local testing units to make testing easier and more accessible.
  • A site is opening near you, at Alderson Road Car Park in Sharrow.
  • Having a testing site in your local area does not mean there is more Covid-19 in that area than elsewhere
  • Testing sites have been cleared by the government; it is not dangerous to visit one or to have one in your local area.
  • Local GPs are also aware of this testing site.
  • We are aiming to encourage free testing for people in a household where they have any of the below symptoms: 
    • A high temperature
    • A new, continuous cough
    • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • If you develop symptoms then you must self-isolate immediately for at least 7 days, apart from to get tested. Anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms.
  • If you need support when self-isolating you can ring the SCC Community Helpline on 0114 273 4567.  Lines are open 8:45 am to 4:45 pm.


  
How can I get an appointment?
 
People can book free testing online here    (it’s the top result if you google ‘NHS test’)  or call 119 from 7 am till 11 pm for either:
 
  • a drive through test
  • an appointment for a site test
  • or a post to home test
  •  When booking people will be given the option of appointment slots and site details.

     
    What should I expect when I attend a local testing unit?
     
  • The test is free of charge.
  • The swab test takes less than a minute and is pain free.
  • Results from tests taken at test sites are received the next day.
  • Your local GP will also receive a copy of the results.
  • Testing is available for all groups in society, including vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. We are continuously improving the testing service so that testing is accessible to all.
  • Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely
  • Book your test online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. Whilst we are able to accommodate un-booked attendance, for reasons of ensuring swab availability and for safety of attendees, we strongly recommend pre-booking.
  • Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.