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You can now get a test with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Please select one that applies below:

I have symptoms

I don't have symptoms


Map of testing and vaccination centres

TS = Testing points for people with symptoms (pre-booked appointments)

TN = Testing points for people with symptoms (walk through centres)

A = Testing points for people without symptoms

V = Vaccination Centres.


I have symptoms

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • New, continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss or change of taste
  • Loss or change of smell.

Providing there is local availability, you can book in for a test by calling 119 or via the online government portal.

Home testing kits are available and will be posted to your home with instructions for you to take the test yourself if you are able.  

How the test works

The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by yourself or by a tester.

You will receive your test result via text or email within 72 hours. For more information on receiving your result, visit the NHS website.



I don't have symptoms

Even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, tests are still available for you.

There are three Asymptomatic Testing Centres across Nottingham.

  • Djanolgy Leisure Centre on Gregory Boulevard in Forest Fields
  • Clifton Community Centre on Southchurch Drive in Clifton (opening Thursday 4 March)
  • The Portland Centre on Muskham Street in The Meadows (Now open)

The centres will be run by Nottingham City Council and will encourage people without symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic) to drop in and get a FREE rapid test.

The aim of the Asymptomatic Testing Centre is to help identify and isolate individuals who have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms and may inadvertently be spreading the virus - around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms.

Asymptomatic Testing Centre Opening Times 











Leisure Centre (Forest Fields)

9.30am – 6.30pm

9.30am – 6.30pm

9.30am – 6.30pm

9.30am – 6.30pm

9.30am- 6.30pm

9.30am – 2.30pm


The Portland Centre (The Meadows)














8.30am– 1pm




Clifton Community Centre (Clifton)















8.30am– 1pm




There is no need to book – just drop in for a free test.

Positive or negative test results can be given within the hour and support will be offered to those people who test positive.

Residents are advised not to attend if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Under 16s must come with an adult.

What does the test involve?

For this, people will have to do a throat and nose swab every time they visit. Swabbing will be completed independently, supervised by a trained staff member. A swab is a small piece of soft, absorbent material on a plastic stick that is used to take a sample from a person’s nose and throat.

The test is straightforward and a member of staff will support throughout the process.


How will people get their results?

People with a mobile phone will receive their test result by text message within a few hours. This will tell them whether their test result was positive, negative or invalid.

If people do not have a mobile phone, they can provide the mobile number of a trusted family or friend. It is also possible to contact people via a landline with their result.


What happens if the test is positive for COVID-19?

The person and their household must go home immediately and self-isolate for 10 days. 

People should contact their nearest testing site for a second test which is a confirmatory test. People will receive their result in around 72 hours, and they must self-isolate until they get their result. If the test is positive, NHS Test & Trace may ask for recent contacts.

If people do not have family or friends to support them and need help getting essential items e.g. picking up prescriptions or shopping, they can call Nottingham City Council’s Customer Hub on 0115 915 5555. They can put them in touch with support services available in Nottingham.


What happens if the test is negative for COVID-19?

If the person and their household do not have any symptoms of Covid-19 they do not need to self-isolate. However, this does not guarantee that they do not have COVID-19.

Please remember people can catch COVID-19 at any time. It is therefore vital that, if people receive a negative result, people should continue to:

  • Keep their distance
  • Wash their hands regularly
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces.

If people develop any symptoms of Covid-19 (continuous cough, fever, and change in taste or smell), please self-isolate and book a test through NHS 119)

Please return for another test next week.


Should people who have had the vaccine still continue to come for testing?

Yes, there will be a need to continue to test.  We do not yet know for sure what impact the vaccine will have on transmission and until the majority of people are vaccinated there is still a risk that the virus will be circulating.