Coronavirus Testing in Doncaster

Testing is one of the tools that will help us get through the pandemic, keep everyone safe and get back to normal, but it's really important to understand which test you need, why and when.

If you have symptoms

If you develop symptoms of Coronavirus you must book a PCR test immediately, either by using the link below or by calling 119. Tests are free but they are ONLY for people who are showing Coronavirus symptoms.

If you have not been vaccinated and are self-isolating due to being in contact with a positive case, for example, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early.  The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you won’t go on to develop the virus. That means you could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people so in these instances the best course of action is to self-isolate for the full 10 days, if you develop symptoms during this time you can then book a test.

Check your symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • 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 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • anosmia - this is the loss of or a change in the normal sense of smell. It can also affect the sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. The vast majority of people who are tested in-person get their results the very next day. Full guidance on self-isolation is available on

If you have additional new onset symptoms you're concerned about:

You are advised to get a test and self-isolate until you receive your test result if you feel unwell, are experiencing new symptoms that feel different to usual and have cause for a concern that you think you may have COVID-19. An example of why you may believe you have COVID-19 would include you, or someone in your household, having contact with a person that tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

If you are self-isolating, the people you live with, and anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home until you get your result.

Please note when completing the form you will be asked "Why are you getting tested?" when completing this section, please select:

-My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms.


If you don't have symptoms

Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Free rapid testing is available for those who do not have symptoms. This will help find cases of coronavirus so people can isolate, and we can reduce the spread of the virus in Doncaster.

Who can be tested?

Anyone who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test. Get a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 on GOV.UK

Where can I get a test?

You can order tests directly from the gov website.

What does the test involve?

  • The test involves rubbing a long cotton bud (swab) over your tonsils (or where they would have been) and inside your nose.
  • 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.

How often should I get a tested?

You should test before attending events. However, if you have symptoms please book a test at www.NHS/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Where can I find more information about Lateral Flow Testing?

You can find out more information and guidance regarding Lateral Flow Testing via the Government Website.

Frequently Asked Questions 

I have Covid-19 symptoms, what do I need to do?

If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms - however mild - you and anyone else in your household MUST self-isolate immediately for 10 days and use a home testing kit or book a test at one of Doncaster's existing test sites at Adwick Park and Ride or Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

These tests can be booked by calling 119 or by visiting

The symptoms of coronavirus  are:

  • 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 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • anosmia - this is the loss of or a change in the normal sense of smell. It can also affect the sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

If you are a contact of someone who has tested positive and are fully vaccinated there is no need to isolate. Those who are unvaccinated must isolate for 10 days.

What is happening with testing in schools?

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 lateral flow test site or order tests to do at home.

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

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

What is happening with testing in Care Homes?

All Doncaster care homes now have access to their own rapid tests in order to facilitate visiting. There are strict guidelines, policies and risk assessments in place that should be followed when visiting.

What are the differences between the two tests?

Two types of test are currently being used to detect if someone has COVID-19:

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests
  • Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests – sometimes referred to as ‘rapid’ tests or ‘LFTs’

PCR tests detect the RNA (ribonucleic acid, the genetic material) of a virus. PCR tests are the most reliable COVID-19 tests. It takes some time to get the results because they are usually processed in a laboratory.

LFD tests, used at our community test sites, detect proteins in the coronavirus and work in a similar way to a pregnancy test. They are simple and quick to use and result come back within an hour.

I got a positive test result, what should I do?

If your test is positive you need to self-isolate. The self-isolation advice for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day. Visit the government self-isolation guidance  to find out more.

This means you must not leave your home.

  • Do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care.
  • Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

New current government guidance dictates that if you have a positive Lateral Flow Test result you should isolate immediately.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and require support during your period of self-isolation and have no one around to help, then please call us on 01302 430300. Alternatively, if you are not classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, there are lots of local support groups who can offer you assistance. For more details visit: List of groups offering support during the coronavirus outbreak

Financial support for self-isolation may be available. For more information, visit: Coronavirus financial advice

I have received a positive result and isolated as required. Will I develop immunity? 

If you have tested positive for Covid-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity or how long it will last. Therefore, it is vital that you continue to follow the latest national guidance after your isolation period has ended.

For more information please visit: Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus covid-19 infection

I had a positive test result and isolated as required. Can I return to work or do I need another test when I leave isolation?

Once your isolation period has ended and, as long as you have not developed further symptoms, you do not need another test and you may return to work.

Please note that it is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after a COVID-19 infection.  For this reason, if you have previously received a positive test result for COVID-19, you should only be re-tested within a 90-day period if you have developed any new symptoms of COVID-19.

Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 with a Lateral Flow Device (LFD but also known as ‘rapid’ or LFT tests) should not be tested again using an LFD within 90 days. If you have new symptoms of COVID-19 during this period, then you should be tested using a PCR test. PCR tests can be booked by calling 119 or by visiting

I have got a negative test result – what should I do?

If your test is negative you do not need to take any action unless you have not taken the vaccine and have been told to self-isolate by test and trace as you are a close-contact of somebody with coronavirus. You should continue to follow all the current preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus.

To protect yourself and others, you must remember: Hands. Face. Space.

Hands –wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home -use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Face –wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Space –stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.

If you go on to develop one of the symptoms of Covid-19, a high temperature, a new persistent cough, or a loss of sense of smell or taste please book a test via the NHS testing system (visit or call 119)

I have got an invalid test result – what should I do?

If your test is invalid this means it was not possible to say if you were infectious for coronavirus when the test was done. You should book in for another test as soon as possible.

Should I get a Lateral Flow Test if I have Been Vaccinated?

Yes, we do not yet know whether vaccines prevent individuals transmitting the virus. If you have been vaccinated, you should continue to follow the steps set out in the advice give and access testing. The vaccine does not interfere with the antigen LFD or PCR tests.

Should I test my child with a lateral flow home test?

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus it is important that they get a PCR test to check if they have coronavirus. Please do not attend a Community Testing Site or use a home lateral flow test.

Secondary school children and college pupils will be included in their school asymptomatic testing programme and should follow the guidance provided by their school.

Children of primary school age or younger are not being be asked to tested at this time. Public Health England have advised there are currently limited public health benefits attached to testing primary pupils with lateral flow devices. Primary age pupils, particularly younger children, may find the lateral flow testing process unpleasant and are unable to self-swab. Hence why asymptomatic testing is not being performed in Primary School Children.

Last updated: 26 May 2022 12:39:58

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