Community testing site at West Park Leisure Centre

Published on: Tuesday, 23rd February 2021
Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

A new community testing centre has opened in Erewash for people who don’t have coronavirus symptoms.  The opening means that there will be testing centres in each district and borough across Derbyshire.

The borough site at West Park Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, opened at noon on Wednesday 24th February.

Testing will take place from 9am to 7pm, seven days a week.  However there will be no community testing available on March 4, 22 and 30 as the centre hosts regular blood donor sessions which will be going ahead as normal on these days.

Meanwhile, the testing centre in Heanor has now moved to a new location at the Wilmot Street Centre, Wilmot Street, as of 9am on Thursday 25 February.  Testing here will take place from 9am to 7pm, seven days a week.

One in three people who have the virus don’t have symptoms and could be infecting other people without realising.

People who are still going out to work and mixing with colleagues or the public are encouraged to get tested regularly to stop the spread of Covid-19.

More than 33,000 tests have been carried out at Derbyshire’s community testing centres up to February 12, with 419 (1.3%) of people testing positive.  Staff are on hand to help people who test positive and need to self-isolate, including practical support with shopping and picking up prescriptions and any financial support they may be entitled to.

Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace said: “It’s great news that rates of infection are falling across Derbyshire, as they are nationally.  However, the virus is still out there and we need to make sure we are breaking the chain of transmission, especially among people who are still going out to work and mixing with colleagues and the public.

“For peace of mind, I’d urge anyone without symptoms to get tested regularly to make sure they aren’t unwittingly passing the virus on to colleagues, family or friends.

“Let’s do this for Derbyshire so that we can all get back to doing the things we love more quickly.”

There’s no need to book an appointment at a community testing centre – just call in. To check waiting times visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/communitytesting

People with symptoms are asked not to visit the community testing centres. Anyone with symptoms – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or change to taste or smell – should ring NHS 119 or book a test online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis said: “Getting these testing centres open has been a huge team effort from everyone involved here at the county council.

“We’re grateful to colleagues from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service who have helped move equipment round the county and I’d also like to thank our district and borough council colleagues who have helped in providing venues for us to use.

“Getting a test doesn’t mean you can’t still catch the virus, so please continue to wash your hands regularly, keep your distance and wear a face covering unless you are exempt."

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 this link

Find out more information on community testing at at derbyshire.gov.uk/communitytesting

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