Published: Friday, 22nd May 2020

Anyone over the age of five 5 who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), can now book an appointment for a test at the University of Bolton Stadium test site.

COVID testingThe expansion in testing eligibility comes after all four UK Chief Medical Officers also confirmed that anosmia has been added as a symptom of coronavirus (COVID-19). Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell and it can also affect your sense of taste.

This means you and your household should self-isolate immediately if you have:

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

To book a coronavirus (COVID-19) test fill in a form on the council’s website. Testing is available by appointment only.

Residents can also use the national website to self-refer to a regional test centre (Manchester Airport or Haydock Racecourse), where they will need to drive to the facility or request a home testing kit.

If you are unable to access the internet, call 119 in England to book a test at a regional site.

It’s important anyone who develops symptoms contacts us to arrange for a test.

Councillor Susan Baines, Executive Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“It’s important anyone who develops symptoms contacts us to arrange for a test for themselves and members of their household, within the first three days of getting symptoms.

“While they are waiting for the test results you, and all members of your household, must continue to self-isolate according to government guidelines.

“It’s important people are also aware that if they have a change in their sense of smell or taste they also should self-isolate and arrange for a test.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and partners who have set up the testing centre and are managing it.

“Their work during this time is vital to helping to keep everyone safe.”