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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).

If you test positive you need to get a second confirmatory test and you can do this by tel: 119 or booking a test online. You should self-isolate until you've taken this second test and had the results.

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.

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.

From July testing will be carried out at various venues across the county using agile community testing units.

Testing units

Our agile community testing units will be in the following venues.

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.

Monday 20 September 2021

Opening times: 9am to 5pm

Locations:

  • Amber Valley - Black Boy pub, Heage, DE56 2BN
  • Amber Valley - Mansfield Road Methodist Church, Langley Mill, DE75 7AQ
  • Chesterfield - Loundsley green, S40 4NE
  • Derbyshire Dales - Tideswell, Fountain Square, SK17 8JX
  • North East Derbyshire - St Albans Church, Holmewood, S42 5RB

Tuesday 21 September 2021

Opening times: 9am to 5pm

Locations:

  • Amber Valley - Marlpool United Reform Church, Shipley, DE75 7NA
  • Bolsover - Tibshelf Village Hall, DE55 5NU
  • Bolsover - South Normanton Hub, DE55 2AA
  • Chesterfield - Staveley Hall, S43 3TN
  • Derbyshire Dales - Hurst Farm Social Club, Matlock, DE4 3ED

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Opening times: 9am to 5pm

Locations:

  • Bolsover - Clowne Community Centre, S43 4PL
  • Chesterfield - Vicar Lane, S40 1PY
  • Erewash - Life Charity Shop, Breaston, DE72 3DA
  • High Peak - Fairfield Adult Education Centre, Sk17 7PE
  • North East Derbyshire - Wingerworth Parish Hall, S42 6TB

Thursday 23 September 2021

Locations and opening times:

  • Bolsover - Whitwell Community Centre, S80 4PL
  • Erewash - West Hallam Community Centre, DE7 6GX - open 9am to 12.15pm only
  • Erewash - Kirk Hallam Community Centre, DE7 4EX - open 1.45pm to 5pm only
  • North East Derbyshire - Grassmoor Community Centre, S42 5EE - open 9am to 5pm
  • South Derbyshire - Linton Village Hall, DE12 6PW - open 9am to 12.15pm only
  • South Derbyshire - Overseal Village Hall, DE12 6LU - open 1.45pm to 5pm only

Friday 24 September 2021

Locations and opening times:

  • Bolsover - Shirebrook Market, NG20 8AA - open 9am to 12.15pm only
  • Bolsover - Glapwell Centre, S44 5LW - open 1.45pm to 5pm only
  • North East Derbyshire - St Barnabas Centre, Clay Cross, S45 9BU - open 9am to 5pm
  • South Derbyshire - Twyford Road, Willington, DE65 6PP - open 9am to 12.15pm only
  • South Derbyshire - Frank Wickham, Etwall, DE65 6JE - open 1.45pm to 5pm

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 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 at one of our community testing sites you and your household will need self-isolate for the next 10 days. You'll be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to take a confirmatory PCR test.

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.