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Swadlincote folk thanked for getting tested

Published: 7 January 2021

More than 5,586 Derbyshire residents have visited one of our community testing centres in Swadlincote for a coronavirus test.

Most have tested negative, but a small number, 108, were shown to be positive.

Dean Wallace, the county’s Director of Public Health explains:

“I’d like to thank all those who have been in for a test.

“The number of people testing positive is small, but this has meant that all these people are now self-isolating and not spreading the virus further.

"I’d like to ask everyone to keep coming back for another test every week while the centres are open.”

New ‘golden hours’ are to be added each Wednesday from 10am till midday at the Gresley Old Hall and Midway sites while the centres are open. These are to support those who are elderly or with limited mobility and allow them to come to the front of any queue outside, in a similar way to how some of the supermarkets operate.

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.  And local people are asked to come in for a test each week while the centres are open.

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.

There are 3 centres in the town, at Grove Hall, Gresley Old Hall and Midway Community Centre. Those attending are asked to wear a face covering but 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 coronavirus testing centres.

Testing centres

Grove Hall, Grove Street, Swadlincote, DE11 9DD

(This accesses the rear of Grove Hall). Please note access is not through the leisure centre. This centre closes on 5 February 2021.

Midway Community Centre, Chestnut Ave, Swadlincote, DE11 0EW

(car park Rowan Drive DE11 0FF)

Gresley Old Hall, Gresley Wood Road, Swadlincote DE11 9Q

Midway and Gresley will close on 12 February 2021.

Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm (last admission 6.15pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 4pm (last admission 3.15pm)