Community testing for businesses
COVID-19 is in our community and one in 3 of us have it with no symptoms. Rapid COVID-19 testing is for people without symptoms, it helps to understand the bigger picture about the reach and spread of coronavirus.
These are testing times for businesses. We are encouraging business to ensure workforces join the programme and help to #StopTheSpread. This is especially important for business that have contact with the public.
You do not need to book a community test and the community testing programme is of no cost to the business or its employees. The sites have capacity to test your workforce quickly and safely.
Testing centres are run in line with the latest government guidance on social distancing so face coverings must be worn at all times.
Your colleagues can pre-register for follow up visits, making the process even quicker and there's plenty of help available on site.
People taking part in community testing are asked to have a test at least once a week, ideally twice a week, for up to 6 weeks. Please return for tests regularly to help #KeepAshfieldSafe.
You can register to order rapid workplace tests if your business is registered in England, you employ 50 people or more and your employees cannot work from home. Go to the Gov.UK website for more information.
Community testing sites
Ashfield's community testing site is located at Lammas Leisure Centre, Sutton and will be open from 18 February until the end of March 2021.
Lammas Leisure Centre
Sutton in Ashfield
- Tuesday to Friday – 8am – 6pm
- Saturday – 8.30am – 1pm
If you've tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please do not come for a test.
If you want to find out if there is a queue at the time you wish to visit then go to the NHS COVID-19 Test Finder website
How to get a test
There is no need to book - just turn up to your nearest site during their opening hours.
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.
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.