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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/Need to book a PCR test

I don't have symptoms

Get a home test kit

 


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/Need to book a PCR test

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

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

Or have you been advised to book a PCR test because of one of the following?

  • Have you been advised to book a follow-up test? For example if your first test was unclear
  • Are you part of a trial or government pilot project?
  • Have you been in contact with someone that has tested positive for Covid-19?
  • Have you been asked to get a test because you visited a venue where others have recently tested positive?
  • 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, it is still important to take regular, twice weekly, rapid Covid-19 tests, to stop the spread of infection.

Centres are open across Nottingham, run by Nottingham City Council, and encourage people without symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic) to drop in and get a FREE rapid test or pick up a box of tests to take at home (all sites).

Take a test on site:

  • 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.

  • Even those people who have been vaccinated can still pass on the virus – it is vital to still take regular tests
  • 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.

All sites

  • People over the age of 18 years old can pick up testing kits (rapid lateral flow tests) from the sites to use at home. Two boxes of seven tests are available to collect per person, or up to four boxes per family. 

 

Asymptomatic Testing Centre Opening Times 

 

Site

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Hyson Green Community Centre, Gregory Boulevard

 

CLOSED

9.30am – 5pm

9.30am – 5pm

9.30am – 5pm 

9.30am- 5pm

 

9.30am – 2.30pm

CLOSED

Bulwell Market Place

10am-4.30pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Clifton Leisure Centre

CLOSED

CLOSED

10am-4.30pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Trinity Square (Nottingham City Centre)

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

10am-4.30pm

10am-4.30pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

Smithy Row   (Nottingham City Centre)

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

10am-4.30pm

10am-4.30pm

 

 

 

Other ways to collect home testing kits

People who are asymptomatic (do not display symptoms of Covid-19) can pick up home testing kits (rapid lateral flow tests)at the asymptomatic testing sites listed above.

Alternatively, depending on individual circumstances, there are other ways to collect tests:

  • Workplace testing: Thousands of employers are offering testing in the workplace. This includes testing sites, where people can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where people can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If an employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for people to access rapid tests.
  • NHS Test & Trace sites: There are several sites in Nottingham that operate as a symptomatic testing site in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where people can pick up a box of tests to use at home. Please visit trace.nhs.uk
  • Pharmacy collect: Thousands of pharmacies across England have signed up to offer pharmacy collect. From Friday 9 April, people aged 18 and over will be able to go to a participating pharmacy and pick up a free box of tests to use at home. NHS England’s site finder allows people to search pharmacies near them that offer pharmacy collect please see: Find a test centre (test-and-trace.nhs.uk) Over the coming weeks more and more pharmacies will be signing up. 
  • Education: Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays. 
  • LFD (Lateral Flow Test) Direct: For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, they can order a box of tests online or through 119 or the gov.uk website which will be delivered to their home.

 


Reporting results

  • It is really important that results are reported. People are asked to report results online to NHS Test and Trace or over the phone by calling 119.
  • If anyone in the household tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should:

1. Self-isolate immediately

2. Get a PCR test at a local test centre to confirm the result. PCR Tests work differently to lateral flow device test as the swab kits go to a laboratory. The PCR tests are better at finding very small amounts of the virus, especially early in infection, so these are used primarily in people who have symptoms.

3. Follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection

4. A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee people do not have coronavirus, so they should keep following all Coronavirus advice including: regular handwashing, social distancing, wearing a face covering where recommended.

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.