Derbyshire community testing sites to offer free kits from April 9th

Published on: Thursday, 8th April 2021

Free coronavirus testing kits will be available to everyone without symptoms at Derbyshire County Council’s community testing centres.

From April 9th, Derbyshire residents will be able to visit their local testing centre to pick up the rapid test kits for them and their families to use at home.

It comes as the Government announced that everyone in England can have twice weekly lateral flow tests to control the spread of Covid-19.

Alongside the vaccine rollout, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy by helping to supress new variants of the virus and break the chain of transmission.

Rapid testing has so far been available to those most at risk and people who cannot work from home and are mixing with colleagues or the public.

One in three people with Covid don’t have any symptoms and could be passing it on without realising. With results in a round 30 minutes, rapid testing helps to detect positive cases quickly.

Derbyshire residents will be able to pick up two boxes of seven tests when they visit a community testing centre.

Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace said: “Everyone has made a massive effort to get us to the point where we can start to go back to doing some of the things we love.  But we don’t want to undo that good work so, together with the vaccine rollout, rapid testing is another weapon in our armoury against this deadly disease.

“To get back to a more normal life we all need to play our part and get tested regularly. This will help to give us peace of mind as well as stop the virus in its tracks.

“By doing all the right things – self isolating if we test positive, staying apart, washing our hands and wearing a face covering when required - we can all make a difference.

“So I’d urge residents to do their bit – get tested for Derbyshire.”

Supervised testing is still available at the county council’s community testing sites where staff are also on hand to offer support and advice to people who test positive.

Rapid testing kits for use at home are also available to order online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

If testing at home, people will need to register their results online at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or by calling NHS 119. They should self-isolate if positive and order a confirmatory PCR test.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate immediately. They should not attend a community testing site but should book a test online at www.gov/uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling NHS 119.

To find your local community testing centre visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/communitytesting and for details of sites specifically in Erewash, visit this page at erewashsound.com.

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