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Community testing

We are now community testing in Ashfield for those who are asymptomatic - who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.

What is community testing?

Community (asymptomatic) testing helps identify and isolate individuals who have coronavirus (COVID-19) but do not have symptoms.

Community testing is not for those who have coronavirus symptoms. If you have symptoms then self-isolate and book at test online on the Gov.UK coronavirus test web pages or call the NHS test and trace service on 119.

Community testing uses rapid lateral flow devices can help identify those people who are infectious but asymptomatic and unaware that they might be spreading the disease, so that we can trace their contacts, support them to isolate and prevent transmission to others. Identifying infectious individuals early, and those they have been in close contact with, and then isolating them can significantly reduce transmission of the virus and break transmission chains.

You do not need to book a community test.

Who is the test for?

Community testing is aimed at all members of our community, but particularly those of working age, aged 18- to 65-years-old.

Residents are encouraged to join a local testing programme to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in their community.

Higher risk workers from across the district and those in close contact with the public should also take part in community testing. Sectors of the local workforce include those who work in retail, manufacturing, food production, transport, public sector and front line services.

What is the test like?

Lateral Flow Test (LFT) detects the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.

Watch this video to find out more

Where are the sites and when can you get a test?

Mobile testing sites will be in the District on certain days. To find your nearest testing site visit the NHS COVID-19 Test Finder website.

What to bring with you

If you have a smartphone please bring it with you, fully charged, to register for your test result. If you don't have a smartphone, 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.

Results of your rapid test

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 you don't have a smartphone you'll be asked to stay at the site until the result comes through.

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. You will need to take a PCR test at a local testing centre or at home, your nearest local testing centre for Ashfield is at Sutton Market North car park, Sutton in Ashfield.

Find out how to get a test on the government website or by calling 119. A PCR test gives a more accurate result. If the PCR test is negative then you will be able to stop self isolating.

Help and support if you test positive

If you or a member of your household tests positive then you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

If you are staying at home due to COVID-19 and need food, try to book a delivery from a supermarket or local business or ask family, friends or neighbours to deliver supplies to your door.

NHS Volunteer Responders can help with shopping and medicines delivery, as well as regular, friendly phone calls, and transport to and from health appointments. Check if you are eligible by visiting the NHS Volunteer Responder website.

If you need any other support (not food) due to COVID-19, please contact Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 8080 during office hours. You can also find information on the county council's website. If you require urgent assistance outside of office hours, please phone the Police on 101.

You may be eligible for financial support through the test and trace support payment and through business grants.