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.
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.
Our testing centres
The centres are open 7 days per week from 9am to 7pm. You don't need to book, just turn up at a time convenient to you. But please only visit a centre if it's in your local area.
To find out if there's a queue at the time you wish to visit please go to the government's national community testing website.
Amber Valley - Heanor
Wilmot Street Centre, Wilmot Street, Heanor.
Parking at the car park next to the Wilmot Street Centre is free for those going for a test.
Hillstown Village Hall, Nesbit Street, Hills Town, Bolsover.
Queen's Park Sports Centre, Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield S40 2NE.
Members’ Room, County Hall, Smedley Street, Matlock.
Parking is available in the County Hall car park, off Bank Road.
West Park Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton.
There will be no community testing available on 4, 22 and 30 March 2021 as regular blood donor sessions will be going ahead at the centre.
High Peak - Buxton
Pavilion Gardens (access from the promenade), St John's Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE.
North East Derbyshire - Clay Cross
Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross, S45 9JE.
South Derbyshire - Swadlincote
Midway Community Centre, Chestnut Ave, Swadlincote DE11 0EW (car park: Rowan Drive, DE11 0FF).
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 and parents or guardians are asked to accompany those aged 11 to 16.
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 for 10 days 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 for 10 days immediately.
Help and support if you test positive
If you test positive then you and your household will need to self-isolate for the next 10 days. You'll be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
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.