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Community testing FAQs

Community testing is now opening in Ashfield for those who don't have symptoms of coronavirus. As one in 3 of us have COVID-19 without symptoms getting regular testing can help to #StopTheSpread. 

What is community testing?

Community testing is a Lateral Flow or rapid test for people without symptoms of COVID-19. It is a quick and reliable antigen test detects the presence or absence of coronavirus from a swab or saliva sample.

Who should take part in community testing?

Community testing is for everyone in our community and no one will be turned away from a testing centre.

In Ashfield we are especially keen for adults who are unable to work from home to be tested. So, if you work in a front line job, come into contact with the public or work in an environment with lots of other people then we would like to see you at one of our testing centres.

Where are the community testing centres?

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 happens at the testing centre?

You queue in a socially distanced way outside the venue. You register online using a QR code and an online form. If you don’t have a smartphone, a colleague will register you at the main desk.

When you have registered, you’ll be directed to a testing booth. Staff will ask for the barcodes on your form. Sanitise your hands, blow your nose, sanitise your hands again and you’ll be handed a swab. There are mirrors and printed instructions to help but staff will talk you through how to swab your throat and nose. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16 and administer the test to children under the age of 12.

Hand your swab back for analysis and sanitise your hands again.

You will be asked to confirm the last 3 digits on the barcode of your form.

Take a leaflet. You can then leave the testing centre. 

You will receive your test results within 30 minutes.


Take a face covering with you (you must wear it at the test centre) and bring a smartphone if you have one to register for the test and to receive your result.


Do not bring unessential items such as bags.

What happens if I don’t get my results through by text?

On the rare occasion that you don’t get your result, return to the test centre for a second test.

What happens if I test positive?

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must begin to self-isolate with their household for 10 days. If you need more help and advice on this go to our community testing web page.

You should not return to a community testing centre for 90 days.

What happens if I test negative?

Continue to adhere to the latest guidance on local restrictions. You must continue to stay at home and wash hands, cover face and make space.

How often should I get tested?

Ideally you should be tested twice a week for 6 weeks, however we ask that you come back regularly for a test.

Why should I get tested?

Because one in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms. It can be passed on without knowing. Having a regular test keeps you and your loved-ones safe.

Where can I get more information?

You can find more information on our community testing web page.

More about business testing

Businesses who are permitted to open during the pandemic are encouraged to send their workforce for regular non-symptomatic testing. This will help to keep their colleagues and the community safe.

You can find out more on the business testing web page