Community testing

Community testing FAQs

What is community testing?

Community testing is a Lateral Flow or rapid test for people without symptoms of COVID-19. It is a quick and reliable antigen test detects the presence or absence of coronavirus from a swab or saliva sample.

Who should take part in community testing?

Community testing is for everyone in our community and no one will be turned away from a testing centre. In Mansfield we are especially keen for adults who are unable to work from home to be tested. So if you work in a front line job, come into contact with the public or work in an environment with lots of other people then we would like to see you at one of our testing centres.

Where are the community testing centres?

In Mansfield they are at Mansfield Town Football Club and Mansfield Palace Theatre. You can find the opening times on our community testing page.

What happens at the testing centre?

  • You queue in a socially distanced way outside the venue. You register online using a QR code and an online form. If you don’t have a smart phone, a colleague will register you at the main desk.
  • When you have registered, you’ll be directed to a testing booth. Staff will ask for the barcodes on your form. Sanitise your hands, blow your nose, sanitise your hands again and you’ll be handed a swab. There are mirrors and printed instructions to help but staff will talk you through how to swab your throat and nose. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16 and administer the test to children under the age of 12.
  • Hand your swab back for analysis and sanitise your hands again.
  • You will be asked to confirm the last three digits on the barcode of your form.
  • You can then leave the testing centre. 

Take a leaflet or scan the information poster that takes you to our community testing page.

You will receive your test results within 30 minutes.

Take a face covering with you (you must wear it at the test centre) and bring a smartphone if you have one to register for the test and to receive your result.

Do not bring an unneeded items such as bags.

What happens if I don’t get my results through by text?

On the rare occasion that you don’t get your result, please return to the test centre for a second test.

What happens if I test positive?

If your result is positive you and your household will need to begin isolating for 10 days immediately. You will need to take a confirmatory PCR test at a local testing centre or at home, your nearest local testing centre for Mansfield is at the Civic Centre car park, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield NG19 7BH. Find out how to get a test on the government website (opens in new window) or by calling 119. A PCR test gives a more accurate result and if it comes back negative you will be able to stop self-isolating.
For information on when to self-isolate and what to do go to the NHS website (opens in new window).

If you need more help and advice on this go to our community testing page.

You should not return to a community testing centre for 90 days.

You may be eligible to receive a self-isolation payment of £500 and there’s a community hub where you can access help with shopping and day to day things such as dog walking. There is also a dedicated number to call 0300 500 8080 if you are not able to get online.

What happens if I test negative?

Continue to adhere to the latest guidance on local restrictions. You must continue to stay at home and wash hands, cover face and make space.

How often should I get tested?

Ideally you should be tested twice a week for six weeks, however we ask that you come back regularly for a test.

Why should I get tested?

Because one in three people who have COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms. It can be passed on without knowing. Having a regular test keeps you and your loved-ones safe.

Where can I get more information?

You can find more information on our community testing page.

More about business testing

Businesses who are permitted to open during the pandemic are encouraged to send their workforce for regular non-symptomatic testing. This will help to keep their colleagues and the community safe.

A dedicated time slot can be secured for your teams. Contact covidcommunications@mansfield.gov.uk and your request will be passed on to the operational teams at the testing centres.

A toolkit is available online for businesses to promote community testing to their employees visit our community testing for businesses page.