The test is for those over the age of 11 and who don’t have symptoms. The Shirebrook testing centre is for those living in the town or in:
- Whaley Thorns
The South Normanton centre for those in the town or in:
The testing will identify people with COVID-19, enable support for those who have to self-isolate and drive infection rates down in the county.
By finding out who has the virus the chain of transmission can then be broken, resulting in fewer people being infected.
Both centres will open on Monday 18 January until Sunday 28 February.
Alongside the test people will be offered advice and help with financial support that they may be entitled to if they need to self-isolate and help to access wider benefits.
Derbyshire's Director of Public Health Dean Wallace said:
“I’m pleased that we are to open two more centres, as well as the ones already open in Swadlincote and Heanor.
“If you live in or close to Shirebrook or South Normanton and don’t have any coronavirus symptoms please come and get a test.
“By getting tested you are doing the right thing and ultimately helping to stop the transmission of coronavirus. Around a third of those who have coronavirus do not have any symptoms, so this testing helps us to pick up these people and make sure they don’t spread the virus.
“You’ll be given one of the rapid lateral flow tests which give results in about 15 to 30 minutes.”
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.
Our Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis said:
I’d urge all those living in the local area to the centres to come along and get a test.
“We are also working with colleagues in Bolsover District Council to identify local businesses who have key workers and will be inviting them for testing, as this is now a crucial element of our testing programme.
“Getting a test doesn’t mean you can’t still catch the virus, so please continue to wash your hands regularly, keep your distance and wear a face covering unless you are exempt."
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 what the demand is like at the centres when you want to go along.
Shirebrook Village Hall, Park Road, Shirebrook, NG20 8JP
Post Mill Centre, Market Street, South Normanton, Derbyshire, DE55 2EJ
- Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm
- Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm
The centres are open from Monday 18 January to Sunday 28 February.