Asymptomatic Community Testing for Covid-19
Community testing for COVID-19 is now available in some parts Nottinghamshire.
Around one in three people have coronavirus without showing any symptoms. Our community testing programme, which is being rolled out in certain parts of the county, can help identify people who have the virus but are unaware that they are infectious.
The testing aims to identify people with COVID-19 who do not have symptoms, facilitate support for those who have to self-isolate.
If you have symptoms, you should not go to a community test centre, but you should book to get a test via the NHS Test and Trace scheme or phone 119.
Community Testing centres across Nottinghamshire
The centres are open are at different times during the week and at weekends. You don't need to book for these tests - just turn up at a convenient time. But please only visit a centre if it's in your local area, to avoid travelling too far.
Please go to find a test centre to find out if there's a queue at the time you wish to visit.
We'd like to encourage people to visit the centres every week while they're open. Test centres are currently open in the following areas:
If your job means you can’t work from home please go along to a community testing site to get a regular weekly test, particularly if you work closely with vulnerable people in a health or caring role, and do not already have access to routine testing through your employer. Vulnerable people include older adults, and those with underlying health conditions (clinically extremely vulnerable), which make it more likely they will become seriously ill due to a covid infection.
Coming for an asymptomatic test
No-one will be turned away but we’re asking people not to travel long distances to the test centre. Parents or guardians are asked to accompany those aged 11 to 16.
If you have a smartphone please take it with you, fully charged, to register for your test result. After you've had the lateral flow test you can leave the centre. The result from the test will be sent to you by text, usually within 30 minutes. If you don't have a smartphone, you'll be asked to stay at the site until the result comes through. This usually takes around 30 minutes.
Please bring a face covering as you'll need to wear it in the testing centre.
Please don’t take bags or other items that aren’t essential the test centre.
If you've tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please do not come for a test.
Workforce testing for businesses
Times are challenging for many businesses, which are working hard to keep their customers and workforce safe, and their premises Covid-secure.
Testing people without symptoms can help identify cases quickly and help break the chain of transmission. This will reduce the impact on your workforce, and also on local NHS services. Businesses of all sizes have an important role in beating Covid-19, by identifying cases early and reducing the risk of spreading the virus. Anyone without symptoms can get a test at the community testing sites across the county.
If a business is registered in England, employs 50 or more people and their employees cannot work from home, they can sign up for testing to be conducted at the workplace. Register on the Government website. If this is not suitable for your workforce, for example if there are fewer than 50 employees, you should use the community testing sites.
Help and support if you test positive
If you test positive, then you and your household will need to self-isolate for the next 10 days. You'll be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
If you need financial or practical help to self-isolate and you don't have family or friends to support you, our staff on site can advise you, or contact our Coronavirus Community Support Hub.