Asymptomatic Community Testing for people without Covid-19 symptoms
Includes information about community and mobile testing sites, Pharmacy Collect, home delivery, education settings and workforce testing.
Last updated 7 September 2021
Around one in three people have coronavirus without showing any symptoms. Our asymptomatic testing programme, which is available across 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 and reduce the spread of the virus.
If you have symptoms, you should not go to a community test centre, but you should book to get a PCR test via the NHS Test and Trace scheme or phone 119.
Community Testing sites across Nottinghamshire
The sites are open are at different times during the week and at weekends. You don't need to book for these free tests - just turn up at a convenient time.
We'd like to encourage people to visit the sites every week while they're open. Test sites are currently open in the following areas:
Local Testing Sites
Please see a table of the local testing sites for Nottinghamshire.
Pharmacy Collect service
Following the Government’s announcement of a universal testing programme, people over 18 can also collect a box of free tests from local participating pharmacies to use at home, as part of the Pharmacy Collect service. Over the coming weeks, more pharmacies will be joining the scheme. Enter your postcode to find your nearest participating pharmacy.
You can collect 7 weeks’ worth of tests (2 boxes for adults, or 4 boxes for a family) to use at home from community testing sites near where you live. Please note that some of these sites operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning, so please check the opening times. Find a test site here.
Order free test kits for home delivery
You can also order free test kits online or by calling 119, which will be delivered to your home.
Secondary school and college students are provided with tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and school holidays. Early years and primary school children do not need to be routinely tested. School staff are provided with tests to use twice a week. Find out more
If your job means you can’t work from home please go along to a community testing site to get a regular twice-weekly test, particularly if you work closely with vulnerable people in a health or caring role such as personal assistants, 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.
If a member of staff has coronavirus symptoms, they, and everyone they live, with must immediately self-isolate. They should not leave home until they get their test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment.
Free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms can be ordered from https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Receiving your results
If you obtain tests to complete at home, you will see the results of your tests at home within half an hour of completing the test. You must register the test and report the result whether negative or positive. This ensures you can access the necessary support and gives important information on positivity rates.
If you take a supervised test at a community test centre, you will be notified of the test result normally within 90 minutes of taking it by text, email or telephone call.
To understand what the result means for you, please visit the following link: Test results for coronavirus.
Help and support if you test positive
If you test positive, you will need to self-isolate for the next 10 days. You'll be contacted by NHS Test and Trace. If you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
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.