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Community testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff

From 1 March 2021, if you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of staff or a pupil you can get a twice-weekly test.

You can get a twice-weekly test: 

  • through your employer if they offer testing to employees
  • at a local community testing site
  • by collecting a home test kit from a test site
  • by ordering a home test kit online.

How to get a test

Get a test through your employer

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.

Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site

You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local Community testing site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. More information about our testing sites.

Collect test kits

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests. Anyone aged 18 or over can collect kits.

Check your local collection point for opening times.

Lammas Leisure Centre
Lammas Road
NG17 2AD

Tuesday to Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 1pm

Sutton Market North Car Park
Market North Carpark
Sutton in Ashfield
Sutton in Ashfield

Monday – Sunday: 1pm – 8pm

You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.

Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times. Find your nearest home test kit collection point

Order home test kits online

If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.

Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods so home kits are available for those who need them most.

Order rapid lateral flow home test kits

What twice-weekly testing involves

You will be asked to:

  • take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
  • report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test
  • Report your test result online or by calling 119.

If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and:

  • self-isolate immediately
  • get a PCR test to confirm the result
  • follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.

A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus guideline and advice including:

  • regular hand washing
  • social distancing.