Home test kits will be available from 9 April
Anyone aged 18 and over in Newark and Sherwood will be able to collect two boxes of seven tests per person or four boxes per family from either Newark Sports and Fitness Centre or the mobile sites in Ollerton and Southwell from 9 April onwards.
If testing at home, people will need to register their results online or by calling 119. They should self-isolate if positive and order a confirmatory PCR test.
Make regular testing for COVID-19 part of your weekly routine
Around 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 show no symptoms and yet are highly infectious and can spread the disease without realising it. To slow down this asymptomatic spread, the Government have set up a community testing programme. It’s quick to use and provides results within 40 minutes.
Asymptomatic testing is now available at Newark Sport and Fitness Centre, Lord Hawke Way, Bowbridge Road and in Ollerton at the Forest Road car park.
Community testing is for anyone to use who is currently showing no symptoms of Covid-19. In Newark, you can get tested Tuesday to Friday, 8am to 6pm or 8:30am to 1pm on Saturdays. In Ollerton, you can get tested every Monday and Thursday between 10am and 5:30pm.
Who can get tested?
Anyone concerned that they may come into contact with COVID-19 can get a regular test, as long as you aren't showing symptoms. As restrictions are easing, we are urging all residents to make regular testing part of their weekly routine.
You won’t be turned away from the testing centre, but please do not come if you ARE displaying symptoms of Covid-19.
If you are a local employer, you can find out how we can help you protect your workforce through community testing.
What happens when you get a test?
You don’t need to book, all the precautions necessary to keep the testing sites are in place.
Simply turn up when it’s convenient. You will need to wear a face covering, and if you have one, bring your smartphone.
The site at the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre is open from 8am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday and 8:30 am to 1pm on Saturdays.
The mobile site in Ollerton will be open every Monday and Thursday from 10am to 5:30pm.
When you arrive you’ll be given a card with the details you need to register on your smartphone to get your results. Don’t worry if you don’t have a smartphone, staff will be there to help you.
You will then be given a swab which you will use to complete the test. The test is over in a few seconds and then this is applied to the test strip which will deliver results, usually, within 30 minutes. The result will be sent to your smartphone if you have one. Take a look at our video, to see how simple the test is to administer.
If your result is negative, it means COVID-19 was not detected on the day. If you and your household do not have any symptoms of coronavirus you can continue to carry on your usual daily activities whilst adhering to the current restrictions. You are advised to come back each week while your local centre is open to have another test. Always remember however to continue to follow prevention measures including regular hand washing, social distancing and using face coverings in enclosed spaces.
For more information, please read our community testing FAQs
If your result is positive you and your household will need to begin isolating, you will need to self-isolate and book a PCR test. The PCR test is used for people with symptoms of COVID-19 and to confirm a positive lateral flow test. You can book a test by calling 119. To find out more about booking a test or to order a home PCR test kit, please go to gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. We have staff on hand to help you if your test is positive.
Help and support if you test positive
If you or a member of your household tests positive then you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
If you are staying at home due to a positive test result and need support with food and medicine, try to book a delivery from a supermarket or local business or pharmacy, or ask family, friends or neighbours to deliver supplies safely to your door.
NHS Volunteer Responders can help with shopping and medicines delivery, as well as regular friendly phone calls. Check if you are eligible by visiting the NHS Volunteer Responder website and call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm to arrange support.
If you live in the Newark and Sherwood district and don’t have anyone who can help you get food, please take a look at the support available via our Humanitarian Assistance Response Team (HART) web pages. This lists a number of community and volunteer groups who may be able to help.
Alternatively if you are struggling with support please contact the Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub on 0300 500 8080 during office hours. Please prepare for the weekend in advance if needed.You may be eligible for financial support through the test and trace support payment and through business grants. You can find out more on our coronavirus (COVID-19) web pages.
Important, if you are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, or if you have tested positive for Coronavirus in the last 90 days you must not attend this testing site.
If you’re showing any symptoms, you need to book a test either via the online booking system or by calling 119.