A major programme of COVID-19 community testing has begun in Bolsover District as two community testing stations are 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.
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.
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 - due to close on Sunday 28 February 2021
- Post Mill Centre, Market Street, South Normanton, Derbyshire, DE55 2EJ - due to close on Sunday 28 February 2021
A new centre for Bolsover will open at Hillstown Village Hall, Nesbit Street, Hillstown at 9am on Monday 1 March. It will open from 9am to 7pm, seven days a week.
- Monday to Friday: 9am – 7pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 4pm
- Open from Monday 18 January to Sunday 28 February
Coming for a test at our centres
No-one will be turned away but ask that people don't travel long distances or come from outside of the District of the test centre. Parents or guardians are asked to accompany those aged 11 to 16.
If you have a smart phone please bring it with you, fully charged, to register for your test result. If you don't have a smart phone, 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.
If you have a smartphone
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 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.
If you don't have a smartphone
If you don't have a smartphone you'll be asked to stay at the site until the result comes through. This usually takes around 30-minutes. If the 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.
If the result is positive you and your household will need to begin isolating for 10 days immediately.
Help and support if you test positive
If you test positive then you and your household will need to self-isolate for the next 10 days. You'll be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
If you need financial or practical help to self-isolate and you don't have family or friends to support you, our staff on site can advise you, or please call the Community Response Unit on 01629 535091.
They can also help you find other services who can offer support for your mental health while you're self-isolating. If you run your own business help can be provided to make sure you're getting all the financial support available.