A major programme of COVID-19 community testing will begin next week in Bolsover District as two community testing stations are to open for people living in and around Shirebrook and South Normanton.
Shirebrook Village Hall is the testing centre for those living in the town or in Whaley Thorns, Langwith, Scarcliffe, Langwith Junction or Pleasley. Whilst The PostMill Centre in South Normanton is the centre for those in the town or in Blackwell, Pinxton or Westhouses.
Council Leader, Steve Fritchley said, “We must do everything in our power to defeat this virus and we welcome the opening of these testing centre’s.
“The virus is so difficult to control as it can be passed on by people who don’t have any symptoms. By getting one of these tests, you can reduce the risk of passing on the virus unwittingly to family and friends, so I would urge people to go and get tested.”
The test is for those over the age of 11 and who don’t have symptoms. The testing will identify people with COVID-19, enable support for those who have to self-isolate and drive infection rates down across Bolsover District and the country.
By finding out who has the virus the chain of transmission can then be broken, resulting in fewer people being infected. Both centres will open on Monday 18 January until Sunday 28 February 2021.
Alongside the test people will be offered advice and help with financial support that they may be entitled to if they need to self-isolate and help to access wider benefits.
The Council’s Director of Development, Grant Galloway said, “We have been working alongside Derbyshire County Council and Public Health officials to bring community testing facilities to our District and I am delighted that we can now open them up so members of the public can get tested.”
You’ll be given one of the rapid lateral flow tests which give results in about 15 to 30 minutes.
Other established methods of testing for people with symptoms will continue alongside community testing and people who have a high temperature, continuous cough or have lost their sense of small or taste should book a test online in the usual way.
Those attending are asked not to bring bags or other items with them that they don’t consider to be essential, but are asked to bring a fully charged smart phone if they have one. Parents or guardians are asked to accompany those aged 11 to 16.
To find out what the demand is like at the centres when you want to go along please visit Derbyshire County Council website.
Community Testing Centre address and opening times:
- Shirebrook Village Hall, Park Road, Shirebrook, NG20 8JP
- Post Mill Centre, Market Street, South Normanton, Derbyshire, DE55 2EJ
- Monday to Friday: 9am – 7pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 4pm
- Open from Monday 18 January to Sunday 28 February