COVID-19: book a free test if you have symptoms or feel unwell in any way

What you need to do

You must start self-isolating immediately if you have:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

You need to book a PCR test straightaway.

Anyone you live with, or who is in your bubble, must also self-isolate until you get your result.

If you don’t have these symptoms, but you feel unwell in any way, we advise booking a PCR test to rule out COVID-19. When booking, select the option 'My local council asked me to get a test' when prompted. You don’t have to self-isolate before you get your test result.

If you have problems using the online service, call 119 to book an appointment.

Book a free COVID-19 test if you have symptoms or feel unwell

Local testing centres in Salford

Our PCR testing centres are open seven days a week and are located at:

Broughton: Car park, Devonshire Street, Salford, M7 4RF - 8am to 8pm

Cadishead: Car park, Martens Road, Cadishead, M44 5AH - 11am to 4pm

Eccles: Car park, John William Street, Eccles, M30 0NG - 11am to 4pm

Salford University: Humphrey Booth House, 1 Hulme Place, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4PF - 8am to 8pm

Swinton: Former school site, Shaftesbury Road, Swinton, M27 5SZ - 8am to 8pm

Walkden: Depot car park, Chestnut Avenue, Walkden M28 7EE (drive-through only) - 11am to 4pm

Please do not go to a test centre without booking an appointment as you will not be able to get tested. You must drive, walk or cycle to the site. If getting to a test centre is a problem, please order a home testing kit.

What if I can’t make it to a local testing centre?

If you have difficulty visiting a testing centre, you can order a free home testing kit.

  • You will receive a test kit for yourself and up to three other people you live with
  • It will be posted to your home and should arrive the following day once you have ordered it
  • Once you have completed the test it should be returned as soon as possible to receive your results

The step by step guide to ordering a free home testing kit can be found on the government website:

Book a free COVID-19 test if you have symptoms or feel unwell

What to expect when you come to a test centre

Everyone should wear a face covering, except children under the age of three. You must also bring a confirmation email or text message of your appointment (printed out or on your phone).

The Department of Health and Social Care has created a video to explain how test centres operate. It includes what to expect at the site, how to take the test, how you’ll get your results and more.

Watch ‘visiting a local testing site’ video

Watch how to take a combined throat and nose swab for COVID-19


Help is available via telephone should you have any difficulty completing the online booking process.

Call 119. Lines are open 7am to 11pm.

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