Get a test if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should get a test and self-isolate.

The symptoms are:

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

You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have any of these symptoms.

If you have symptoms, however mild, you must get a test and self-isolate until you receive your test result. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

When to apply for a test

You need to have the test within the first eight days of having symptoms.

On days one to seven of your symptoms you can get tested at a test site or at home. If you're ordering a home test kit on day seven, you need to do it by 3pm. On day eight of your symptoms you'd need to go to a test site to be tested as it's too late to order a home test kit.

What the test involves

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

Testing sites in Barnsley

In Barnsley our main local testing sites are at:

  • Lower Courthouse car park, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW
  • Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre car park, Cudworth, S72 8LH
  • Summer Lane car park, Wombwell, S73 0DD

These sites are accessible by car and on foot. They're open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.

We also have a temporary mobile testing site at Burleigh Street car park, Barnsley, S70 1LW. This drive-through testing site is open every day until Sunday 18 April, from 9am to 3pm.

You need to book an appointment to get a coronavirus test on NHS.UK before visiting a testing site.

How to book a test

You can book a test on the NHS website or call 119 if you're not able to access the internet.

When requesting a test you'll be asked:

  • for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address
  • how you want to get the test – by going to a testing site or getting a home test kit.

Getting your test result

You'll receive your results within 24 to 72 hours.

If you don’t have an email address or a phone number you can call 119 for your results.

Testing dos and don'ts

What you should do

  • Do get a test if you have one or more of the following symptoms: a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
  • Do self-isolate for at least 10 days if you can’t get a coronavirus test straight away.

  • Do self-isolate if a member of your family has symptoms of coronavirus.

What you shouldn't do

  • Don’t get a test if you don’t currently have symptoms - you could be taking a test away from somebody who really needs one.

  • Don’t stop self-isolating if you have symptoms of coronavirus but can’t get a test; you must isolate for 10 days.

  • Don’t get a test for yourself if only a member of your family has symptoms of coronavirus. Only the person who has symptoms should get a test.

  • Don’t stockpile tests. There is plenty of stock and if you develop symptoms in future you'll be able to book a test. There's no need to order a test in case of future use.

  • Don’t call 111 to book a test; either get a coronavirus test on NHS.UK or call 199.