Rapid Community Testing comes to Kimberley

Rapid Community Testing comes to Kimberley

17/03/21 - Around 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 show no symptoms at all and could potentially spread the disease without knowing it. As we move out of Lockdown it’s important that regular asymptomatic testing becomes part of our regular weekly routines.

To help make it easier for the residents of Broxtowe to get tested for COVID-19, a new mobile testing unit will be launching in Kimberley on Friday 19th March.

The unit will be open between 10:00 and 5:30pm every Tuesday and Friday from 19th March for local residents to get an asymptomatic COVID-19 test.

The new testing facility will be starting its journey around Nottinghamshire in Ollerton before moving on to Kimberley and then Cotgrave later in the week.

The new mobile sites give anyone the opportunity to get tested.  This will be particularly helpful to working aged-residents, with no symptoms, who have to travel to work.  No appointments are necessary at the testing site, when you arrive you’ll be asked to register to get your results.

The test only takes a few seconds and within 40 minutes the result is delivered directly to your smartphone if you have one. The test is designed to identify anyone who may have the virus and who may be, unwittingly, putting their colleagues, households or support bubbles at risk.

Mobile testing units will open up community testing using the rapid lateral flow tests to new areas across Nottinghamshire. They deliver results in around 40 minutes and are a valuable addition to the fight against Coronavirus.

Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE, Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council said: “It’s great to see an asymptomatic testing site open in the north of the Borough to help those in front-line jobs and those who can’t work from home get tested. We already have a site at Stapleford Library and getting regularly tested could help save lives.

Even if you feel completely well and believe you have not come into contact with anyone, you could still be carrying Covid-19 which could be spread to others so getting tested will help protect friends, family, colleagues and our wider community.

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Community testing is a useful tool in enabling us to identify people who have Covid-19, but who are without symptoms, so that information and support can be provided to help them isolate. These additional mobile testing units will make testing available to even more people. Regular testing will help to reduce the spread of infection. I am pleased with the numbers of people who do not have symptoms and are coming forward for testing. Many of them have said that they know it is the right thing to do for their community. I want to acknowledge that and thank them. 

“We have eight testing sites across the county, and with these new mobile testing units, we will be able to offer this facility to even more people who have to leave home for work. These tests are quick, with results available in around 30 minutes. As we look towards the future with the easing of restrictions over the weeks and months ahead, it is important for people to develop the habit of getting a test regularly and making testing part of their weekly routine.

“It is still important to remember that people who test negative should continue to follow every aspect of the lockdown and Hands, Face, Space rules.”

The new mobile test centre opens on Friday 19th March at Newdigate Street Car Park in Kimberley. It is open Tuesday and Friday from 10:00am to 5:30pm to anyone who has no symptoms of Covid-19 and who hasn’t had a positive test in the last 90 days. Under 16s can be tested but must be accompanied by an adult.

The mobile test centre will also be in Ollerton on Mondays and Thursdays, starting 18th March and Cotgrave on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting 20th March. Further locations across the County and Nottingham City will be announced soon.

Find out more by visiting our website www.broxtowe.gov.uk/communitytesting

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