People living in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire have been the first in the county to be invited for a coronavirus test as part of our plans for targeted community testing.
Grove Hall opened on 21 December and on 29 December 2020 2 further centres will open, at Gresley Old Hall and Midway Community Centre.
Public health officials are asking local people to visit every week while the centres are open.
Dean Wallace, the county’s Director of Public Health explains:
“We would like to ask everyone in the Swadlincote area to come and get a coronavirus test every week while the centres are open.
“Regular weekly testing is a good way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and help to keep your loved ones safe. This is available to all residents of Swadlincote until 12 February 2021.
“So if you have not yet visited the centre, please do find the time to come over the next few days.
“It is easy to get a test, just pop along at a time that is convenient to you and our staff and military colleagues will be there to help you through the process.”
The test is for those over the age of 11 who live in the Swadlincote area, and who don’t have symptoms. The testing will identify people with COVID-19, enable support for those who have to self-isolate and drive infection rates down further in the county.
Testing also helps Derbyshire’s Public Health team to understand the prevalence of people who are infected but without symptoms. By finding out who has the virus the chain of transmission can then be broken, resulting in far fewer people being infected.
Other established methods of testing for people with symptoms will continue alongside community testing and people who have a high temperature, continuous cough or have lost their sense of small or taste should book a test online in the usual way.
Those attending are asked not to bring bags or other items with them that they don’t consider to be essential. Parents or guardians are asked to accompany those aged 11 to 16.
Find out what the demand is like at the centres when you want to go along.
Centre addresses and opening times
This accesses the rear of Grove Hall. Please note access is not through the leisure centre.
On 21, 22 and 23 December 2020 Grove Hall will be open from 9am to 7pm. It will be closed on Christmas Eve and reopen on 28 December 2020.
From 28 December 2020 until 29 January 2021 it will be open from 9am to 7pm during the week and 9am to 4pm at weekends. It will be closed on 1 January 2021.
Midway Community Centre and Gresley Old Hall
Midway Community Centre
DE11 0EW (car park Rowan Drive DE11 0FF)
Gresley Old Hall
Gresley Wood Road
Midway Community Centre and Gresley Old Hall, will both open on 29 December 2020 at 9am. They will both open 9am to 7pm weekdays, and 9am to 4pm weekends, but are closed on 1 January 2021. These centres will close on 12 February 2021.