People in Bassetlaw with COVID-19 symptoms will be able to book a test at a Mobile Testing Unit arriving in Worksop on 18 September. Bookings can be made from 17 September online or by phoning 119. People should ensure they have an appointment before they go to the testing unit and only book if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
This is part of a rolling testing programme around the county planned by the NHS, the County Council, Public Health England and other partners.
The unit, which will be based at the Central Avenue car park (S80 1EW) from 18 – 20 September (inclusive), will allow people with symptoms to be tested quickly and easily without having to travel to testing centres based further afield.
Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are taking a proactive approach by working with our partners to offer a rolling programme of testing around the county. We believe that this approach will make things easier for Bassetlaw residents who have symptoms to get tested.
“It is still critical that everyone follows social distancing guidance in full, including guidelines about car sharing, washing our hands regularly, wearing face coverings, self-isolating and quickly getting a test if we develop symptoms.”
Find out more about the symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to get tested within the first five days of having symptoms.
Testing is free and simple. Anyone with symptoms can book online or by phoning 119.
Please note: the Mobile Testing Unit may be redeployed to another location at short notice to support an outbreak.
When can I get a test?
You can get a test;
- for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- for someone you live with, if they have symptoms
- if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
- if you live, work or study in an area with a coronavirus outbreak
How can I access a test?
- at a test site today and get your result tomorrow
- with a home test kit
What does the test involve?
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.
How do I get a test for someone else?
If other people you live with have symptoms, you can order tests for up to 3 of them.
If you’re applying for someone who’s 13 or over, check that they’re happy for you to get a test for them.
What should I do after getting the test?
If you’re getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. This also applies to anyone in your support bubble (where someone who lives alone – or just with their children – can meet people from 1 other household).