Community testing

COVID-19 is in our community. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 has it with no symptoms, they can pass it on without knowing which is why community testing is really important. 

What is community testing?

Community (asymptomatic) testing helps identify and isolate individuals who have coronavirus (COVID-19) but do not have symptoms. It is not for those who have coronavirus symptoms. If you have symptoms then you must self-isolate and book a test online (opens in new window) at or call the NHS Test and Trace service on 119. If you've tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please do not come for a test.

You do not need to book a community test. People taking part in community testing are asked to have a test at least once a week, ideally twice a week, for up to six weeks. Please return for tests regularly to help keep Mansfield safe.

Who is the test for?

Community testing is aimed at working age members of our community aged 18-65. Young people are welcome to join the community testing programme but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 12 will need an adult to help with carrying out the swab test.

No one will be turned away from the community testing programme but please only visit the centre if it is in your area.

What is the test like?

Lateral Flow Test (LFT) detects the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus. 

Watch this video to find out more (opens in new window).

Where are the sites and when can you get a test?

Please use the testing centre closest to where you live or work.

Mansfield Town Football Club

Quarry Lane, Mansfield, NG18 5DA 

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am to 5pm.

Market Warsop

Robert Bye Way Car Park (Behind Age Concern)

Open from 10am to 4.30pm every Tuesday

If you've tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please do not come for a test.

If you want to find out if there is a queue at the time you wish, or find other nearby sites, then visit the NHS COVID-19 Test Finder website (opens in new window).

There are testing centres and mobile testing units across Nottinghamshire, to find a lateral flow testing locations in the county see the Nottinghamshire County Council community testing page (opens in new window).

What to bring with you

If you have a smart phone please bring it with you, fully charged, to register for your test result. If you don't have a smart phone, staff will be available to help you on site.

Please bring a face covering as you'll need to wear it in the testing centre. Those attending are asked not to bring bags or other items with them that they don't consider to be essential. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and children under the age of 12 will need an adult to help with carrying out the swab test.

Results of your rapid test

If you have a smartphone, after you've had the lateral flow test you can leave the centre. The result from the test will be sent to you by text, usually within 30 minutes. If you don't have a smartphone you'll be asked to stay at the site until the result comes through.

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. We'd ask that you come back each week while your local centre is open to have another test. A negative test is not a guarantee and you should continue to follow prevention measures including regular hand washing, social distancing and using face coverings in enclosed spaces.

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. The person who has tested positive will need to take a second PCR test at a local testing site and you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace. More information on how to self-isolate and what to do can be found on the NHS website (opens in new window). If the PCR test is negative then you will be able to stop self-isolating. 

If you are staying at home due to COVID-19 and need food, try to book a delivery from a supermarket or local business, or ask family, friends or neighbours to deliver supplies to your door.

NHS Volunteer Responders can help with shopping and medicines delivery, as well as regular friendly phone calls and transport to and from health appointments. Check if you are eligible by visiting the NHS Volunteer Responder website (opens in new window) and call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm to arrange support.

If you live in the Mansfield district and don’t have anyone who can help you get food, please call us on 01623 463463 or email during normal office hours. For details of the general food support available in Mansfield district, visit our food support page.

If you need any other support (not food) due to COVID-19, please contact Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 8080 during office hours. You can also find information on the county council's Community Hub (opens in new window). If you require urgent assistance outside of office hours, please phone the Police on 101.

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) pages.

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