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Community testing for COVID-19

Community testing for COVID-19 is available across Derbyshire.


One in 3 of those with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms, meaning that they could be passing on the virus to anyone they meet.

Home testing

Home test kits come with instructions on how to complete the test, but there's also a video on how to do a COVID-19 self test (rapid antigen test).

Picking up lateral flow test kits

You can collect free test kits from local pharmacies. Pharmacy Collect is the latest way for people to collect rapid COVID-19 tests to do at home.

Millions of people are already using regular rapid testing to help protect those around them.

You can pick up lateral flow test kits from pharmacies, all Derbyshire libraries, our mobile library vans and other venues around the county. Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests.

You can also pick up lateral flow test kits from Bainbridge Hall, Bolsover on Tuesday 25 January and Wednesday 26 January between midday to 6pm.

Home ordering

You can order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home.

Order a home test kit online.

Safe disposal of lateral flow testing waste

After you've taken a lateral flow test at home please dispose of the waste carefully.

The outer cardboard packaging and the paper leaflet from the test kit can be recycled in your usual kerbside recycling bin. None of the plastic packaging is recyclable.

Please place all of the items from the actual test kit and the plastic packaging into the bag provided and then put this bag into your usual general waste bin. In all Derbyshire districts, apart from Amber Valley, this is your grey or black bin. In Amber Valley it's your green bin.

Community testing

Our community testing programme offers regular testing to those who are at most risk of passing on the virus, which is those who are still going out to work and spend time with colleagues or the public.

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.

Community testing is not for those who have coronavirus symptoms. They should book a test in the usual way.

There's no need to book but please check the days and opening times for each one before visiting as they may change at short notice. All opening times are 9am to 4pm unless stated.

Home test kits in packs of 7 tests are available to collect from all of the following test sites.

Monday 24 January 2022

Opening times: 9am to 4pm

  • Derbyshire Dales - Hurst Farm Community Centre, Matlock, DE4 3TG
  • Erewash - Long Eaton Town Hall, NG10 1HU (test kit collect only)
  • Chesterfield - Staveley Health Living Centre, S43 3XR (test kit collect only)

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Opening times: 9am to 4pm

  • Chesterfield - Speedwell Rooms, Staveley, S43 3JL
  • Bolsover - Shirebrook Town Council Offices, NG20 8AF (test kit collect only)
  • South Derbyshire - Midway Community Centre, Swadlincote, DE11 0FH

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Opening times: 9am to 4pm

  • Amber Valley - St Andrews Church, Langley Mill, NG16 4BP (test kit collect only) (open 9am to 12.30pm)
  • Chesterfield - Spire Parish Church (Coffee Shop), Chesterfield, S41 7TJ (open 10am to 4pm)

Thursday 27 January 2022

Opening times: 9am to 4pm

  • Bolsover - Whitwell Community Centre, S80 4NN (open 9.30am to 4.30pm)
  • Chesterfield - Loundsley Green Community Centre, S40 4QU
  • Erewash - Ilkeston Town Hall, DE7 5RP (test kit collect only)
  • South Derbyshire - Frank Wickham Hall, Etwall, DE65 6JE

Friday 28 January 2022

Opening times: 9am to 4pm

  • Amber Valley - The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, DE55 2EJ
  • Bolsover - Hillstown Village Hall, S44 6LW
  • Chesterfield - Customer Service Centre, S401AH (test kit collect only) (open 9am to 2.30pm)
  • High Peak - Fairfield Adult Education Centre, Buxton, SK17 7PE

Coming for a test at our centres

We'll not turn anyone away but ask that people don't travel long distances. Children need to be aged 11 or over to get a test. Please make sure that anyone aged under 16 is accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you have a smart phone please bring it with you, fully charged, to register for your test result. If you don't have a smart phone, staff will be available to help you on site.

Please bring a face covering as you'll need to wear it in the testing centre.

Those attending are asked not to bring bags or other items with them that they don't consider to be essential.

If you've tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days please do not come for a test and please do not come if you've recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.

If you have a smartphone

If you have a smartphone, after you've had the lateral flow test you can leave the centre. The result from the test will be sent to you by text, usually within 30 minutes.

If your result is negative it means COVID-19 was not detected on the day. If you and your household do not have any symptoms of coronavirus you can continue to carry on your usual daily activities. We'd ask that you come back each week while your local centre is open to have another test. A negative test is not a guarantee and you should continue to follow prevention measures including regular hand washing, social distancing, and using face coverings in enclosed spaces.

If your result is positive you and your household will need to begin isolating immediately.

If you don't have a smartphone

If you don't have a smartphone you'll be asked to stay at the site until the result comes through. This usually takes around 30 minutes. If the result is negative it means COVID-19 was not detected on the day. If you and your household do not have any symptoms of coronavirus you can continue to carry on your usual daily activities.

If the result is positive you and your household will need to begin isolating immediately.

Help and support if you test positive

If you test positive at one of our community testing sites you will need to self-isolate. Read the latest stay at home guidance from the government.

If you need financial or practical help to self-isolate and you don't have family or friends to support you, our staff on site can advise you, or please call our Community Response Unit tel: 01629 535091.

We can also help you find other services who can offer support for your mental health while you're self-isolating.

If you run your own business we can help you make sure you're getting all the financial support on offer.