Testing for people who have symptoms of Covid-19

Last updated: Monday 28 March 2022

Please note that symptomatic community testing sites close on Wednesday 30 March.

If you have symptoms you should get a PCR test as soon as you can. Even if you have mild symptoms you should still get tested. Symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss of sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or you can book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site. Tests can be booked online or by calling 119. 

PCR Test sites in Nottinghamshire



West Bridgeford, County Hall


Nottingham Duke Street


Nottingham Forest Park & Ride


Jubilee Campus Carpark


Nottingham Southglade Centre


Nottingham University Park


Central Avenue Car Park, Worksop

S80 1EW

Beeston Albion Street


Newark Highways Depot, Great North Road

NG24 1DG

Mansfield Grove Street

NG18 1EL



Mobile Testing Units for people who have symptoms are also located at temporary locations across the County to help increase access to coronavirus testing. They are sent to specific areas in response to local outbreaks or to provide additional facilities as needed.

Self-isolation changes

From 24 February:

  • You will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19. New guidance will advise people who test positive to stay at home and avoid contact with other people
  • You will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if you are an unvaccinated close contact, and will no longer be advised to test for seven days if you are a fully vaccinated close contact. New guidance will set out precautions for reducing risk to yourself and others.

Covid-19 has not gone away and you are urged to follow the guidance to reduce the risk to yourself and others.

Testing within 90 days of a positive PCR test

If you have previously received a positive Covid-19 PCR test result, you are not usually advised to be re-tested within 90 days of this result.

However, you should have a PCR test within 90 days of a previous positive PCR test if:

  • you develop any new symptoms of Covid-19 
  • or you are required to take a PCR test upon entry into the UK

Testing within 90 days of a positive PCR result

If you are tested within 90 days of a positive PCR test result for either of these reasons, and the PCR test result is positive, you are advised to self-isolate and follow the stay at home guidance.

You can find further guidance for household contacts and guidance for non-household contacts of people with confirmed Covid-19 infections.

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