Are you eligible to be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you are eligible, you can select a regional test site drive-through appointment or home test kit. Home test kit availability will initially be limited but more will become available.

For guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available, visit the government website for more information.


One of the most challenging things about coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection or when it’s safe to return to normal life. Good-quality testing can help provide greater certainty. It’s a big part of how we’re going to defeat this disease.

As part of the government’s 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing, testing people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to see if they currently have the virus.

Who can be tested

The priority is testing patients to inform their clinical diagnosis.

The following are also being testing:

  • all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (see the full list of under essential workers)
  • anyone over 65 with symptoms
  • anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
  • anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above

Additionally, the following are being testing:

  • social care workers and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms) both to investigate outbreaks and, following successful pilots, as part of a rolling programme to test all care homes
  • NHS workers and patients without symptoms, in line with NHS England guidance

This means anyone in one of these groups can find out whether they have the virus. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing.


Southside Community Magazine – delivered to homes, schools and colleges in Wythenshawe and Northenden.

Also delivered to businesses in M22, M23 and M90.

Wythenshawe is a town growing in prosperity and size, with more than 32,500 homes and 82,000 residents.

Southside is a quarterly, quality magazine, produced by TMC,  a local media co-op.  We do not focus on news, but on ways of helping the community and businesses.

Southside is delivered door-to-door by Mailbox Distribution, and our own drivers deliver to primary schools, high schools, local colleges and businesses in M22, M23 and M90 which includes Manchester Airport and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT),  two of the largest employers in Wythenshawe, as well as Trafford College, Stockport College,  Manchester College (LTE) and Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College.  We also reach residents who most door to door distributors cannot access, using our own drivers.

Southside is an invaluable resource for every resident in Wythenshawe and surrounding postcodes. It is a reliable hub for community organisations and commercial entities to deliver their messages and information across the whole community.

Southside website keeps the community informed of job vacancies and local events which is updated weekly.

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If you have any information, forthcoming events or press releases that you think may be of interest to the community, please email info@southside.media.  Our next issue will be delivered door to door from Monday 8 June 2020  – copy required by Monday 11 May 2020.