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Community testing for COVID-19

Community testing for COVID-19 is now available in some parts of Derbyshire. 

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.

We know that many people can have coronavirus without showing any symptoms. Our community testing programme, if it's in your area, can help identify those who have high levels of the virus but are otherwise unaware that they are infectious.

Our testing centres

The centres are open 7 days per week. 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.

We'd like to encourage people to visit the centres every week while they're open.

Heanor

Please come for a test in Heanor if you live or work in the area.

Our centre is at:

  • William Gregg VC Leisure Centre, Hands Road, Heanor, DE75 7HA. This centre opens on Thursday 14 January, and closes on Wednesday 24 February 2021

Opening times:

  • 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday

Shirebrook

Please come for a test in Shirebrook if you live or work in the area.

Our centre is at:

Shirebrook Village Hall, Park Road, Shirebrook, NG20 8JP

Opening times:

  • 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday

The centre opens on Monday 18 January until Sunday 28 February.

South Normanton

Please come for a test in South Normanton if you live or work in the area.

Our centre is at:

Post Mill Centre, Market Street, South Normanton, Derbyshire, DE55 2EJ

Opening times:

  • 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday

The centre opens on Monday 18 January until Sunday 28 February.

Swadlincote

Please come for a test in Swadlincote if you live or work in the area.

Our centres are:

  • Grove Hall, Grove Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DD (this accesses the rear of Grove Hall). Access is not through the leisure centre. This centre will close on 5 February 2021
  • Midway Community Centre, Chestnut Ave, Swadlincote DE11 0EW (car park: Rowan Drive, DE11 0FF). This centre will close on 12 February 2021
  • Gresley Old Hall, Gresley Wood Road, Swadlincote DE11 9QP. This centre will close on 12 February 2021

Opening times

  • 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday - last admission 6.15pm
  • 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday - last admission 3.15pm

Coming for a test at our centres

We'll not turn anyone away but ask that people don't travel long distances or come from outside of the district of the test centre. 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.

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.