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People with symptoms of Covid-19 can now be tested quickly and easily for the virus at various sites across Nottingham.

You should self-isolate as soon as any symptoms appear.

The symptoms of Covid-19 are:

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

The NHS website has more detail on how to check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms.

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

There are seven Local Testing Sites across the City open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, at:

  • Nottingham University: Park Campus
  • Nottingham University: Jubilee Campus
  • Nottingham Trent University: Clifton Campus
  • Duke St Car Park, Bulwell
  • Southglade Leisure Centre
  • Forest Park & Ride
  • Newthorpe Street, Meadows

Mobile Testing Units visit different locations at different times.

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.  

There is also a fixed, Regional testing drive-through site at County Hall car park, Loughborough Road in West Bridgford. You must book in for a test prior to attending this site and you either need to drive or be driven to it. Remember to avoid car sharing or getting a lift to a testing site with someone outside your household. 

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.



Download now:

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production

Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1520427663

Designated venues have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

These venues will now display an official NHS QR poster, which should be displayed at the entrance, users of the app will be able to ‘check-in’ by using the app to scan the QR code.

How it works

Introducing the NHS COVID-19 app

When you first download the app you will be asked to input the first half of your postcode. This allows you to see the level of risk associated with your area.

The app allows you to record when you visit a venue by “checking-in” when you arrive, using the venue’s QR code.

Symptom checker
If you feel unwell you can use the symptom checker to see if symptoms could be related to coronavirus

If, based on information from the symptom checker, it appears you may have coronavirus, you will be taken to a website where you could book a test

The app uses low level Bluetooth technology to keep a log of how long users are at close proximity to each other (which is measured based on the strength of the signal). If a person who presented symptoms comes back with a positive test – the app will ask their permission to notify other phones who have been identified as being at close proximity to theirs. Those users will then receive an anonymised exposure alert with advice on what to do next

Please note: The app does not have access to phone contacts or any other personal information held on users’ phones. This includes names, contacts, email addresses or phone numbers

NHS COVID-19 app privacy notice

If a user tests positive, they will be given advice on next steps and guidance on self-isolation timelines

For more information visit https://covid19.nhs.uk