The centre, at the Adult Education Centre in New Mills, will be open for 6 weeks. 1 in 3 people who have the virus don’t have symptoms and could be infecting other people without realising.
People who are still going out to work and mixing with colleagues or the public are encouraged to get tested regularly to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Staff are on hand to help people who test positive and need to self-isolate, including practical support with shopping and picking up prescriptions and any financial support they may be entitled to.
Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace said:
“We’re opening an additional community testing centre in the High Peak area as we recognise that with such a large geographical area it is not easy for many to get to our centre in Buxton.
“I’d urge everyone living or working in the New Mills, Chinley and Whaley Bridge areas to come along while the centre is open. We especially want those who are still going out to work and mixing with colleagues and public to come along.
“For peace of mind, I’d urge anyone without symptoms to get tested regularly to make sure they aren’t unwittingly passing the virus on to colleagues, family or friends.
“Let’s do this for Derbyshire so that we can all get back to doing the things we love more quickly.”
The New Mills centre will be open:
- Mondays from 9am to 7pm
- Tuesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm
- Saturdays from 9am to midday
There’s no need to book an appointment at a community testing centre – just call in. Check the community testing centre waiting times.
People with symptoms are asked not to visit the community testing centres. Anyone with symptoms – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or change to taste or smell – should ring NHS 119 or book a COVID-19 test.
Those attending are asked not to bring bags or other items with them that they don’t consider to be essential, but are asked to bring a fully charged smart phone if they have one. Parents or guardians are asked to accompany those aged 11 to 16.
Find out more information on community testing.