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Nottinghamshire's Community Testing Programme hits 100,000 covid-19 lateral flow tests

More than 100,000 covid-19 lateral flow tests have been taken at official community testing sites across Nottinghamshire.

As of Monday, September 6, over 100,000 tests had been taken by people without any symptoms of the virus to check they were not carrying the virus and potentially transmitting it to others.

Out of these tests, there have been nearly 500 positive cases of covid-19 identified.

Over 100,000 lateral flow tests have now been taken at sites across Nottinghamshire.
Over 100,000 lateral flow tests have now been taken at sites across Nottinghamshire.

Around one in three people with the virus don’t have any symptoms, but can still pass it on, which is why rapid testing is such a vital tool in helping to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find.

Even those people who have been vaccinated can still pass on the virus, so it is vital to still take regular tests.

Through the Community Testing Programme, people have benefited from easy access to tests at local testing centres and mobile units in neighbourhoods — like the one in Newark Market Place.

Covid-19 home testing kit.
Covid-19 home testing kit.

The programme has also given out nearly 60,000 home testing kits.

Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “Mansfield and other areas across the county are currently seeing high rates of transmission, in a wide range of settings, and affecting people of all ages. Asymptomatic testing plays a vital role in detecting these cases and breaking the chain of transmission.

“I’m delighted we’ve reached the 100,000 mark with so many people in Nottinghamshire taking regular tests to protect their communities and loved ones.

“Lateral flow tests are free, quick and easy to do and can be completed twice a week. Thank you to everyone who has already used these tests. With rates in Nottinghamshire remaining at a high level, I encourage everyone to make twice weekly testing a part of their routine, even if they have already been vaccinated.”

Nottinghamshire County Council logo (42864210)
Nottinghamshire County Council logo (42864210)

Lucy Hubber, director of Public Health at Nottingham City Council, said: “This milestone is a great achievement to everyone that has worked hard to set up and sustain a successful community testing programme across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. I would like to thank everyone who have taken up this offer and have used these tests to protect the people around them.

“It takes two minutes to take a free rapid covid-19 test, a simple and quick swab from the back of the throat and nose. Results take only 30 minutes to show — these 30 minutes could protect your family and friends.

“Now we are beginning to experience normal life again, testing is still an important tool in our efforts to stop the spread of covid-19 and continue to protect each other.”

Group manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Andy Macey said: “As part of our response to the covid-19 pandemic, we released 50 members of staff from their normal duties to support our partners. Out of those 50, we had six individuals working on Nottinghamshire’s community testing sites.

“Those six members of staff worked extremely hard behind the scenes turning libraries, leisure centres, pubs and even football grounds into testing facilities.

“Our staff trained volunteers into testing operatives who have gone on to test thousands of people around the county.

“The fact that the testing programme has gone on to test their 100,000th person today is fantastic and a great achievement.

“On behalf of everyone from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, we want to congratulate and thank everyone on this programme for their hard work throughout the tough months and for stepping up to this challenge. It has been fantastic to witness great teamwork and partnership working.”

There are many sites across the county where you can take a test or pick up a box of home testing kits.

Nottinghamshire test sites:

Ashfield — Ashfield Leisure Centre (Wednesdays)

Bassetlaw — Retford Town Hall (Tuesday to Friday) Old Market Square in Worksop (Thursday to Saturday) and Harworth Town Hall (Monday to Wednesday)

Broxtowe — Walter Parker Square in Stapleford (Mondays and Thursdays) and Newdigate Street Carpark in Kimberley (Tuesdays and Fridays)

Gedling — Home Brewery building carpark in Arnold (Tuesdays)

Mansfield — Mansfield Town Football Club (Mondays and Wednesday to Friday)

Newark and Sherwood — Newark Market Place (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and Forest Road Carpark in Ollerton (Mondays and Thursdays)

Rushcliffe — Cotgrave Hub Carpark (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and Bingham Market Place (Tuesdays)

Nottingham test sites:

Hyson Green Community Centre (Tuesday to Saturday)

Bulwell Market Place (Mondays)

Clifton Leisure Centre (Thursdays)

Trinity Square (Thursday, Friday and Sunday until September 10)

Nottingham City libraries

Nottingham City leisure centres

Local pharmacies

For further information on opening times and how to order tests online, click here.

If you are experiencing symptoms of covid-19 or have a positive rapid test, you must urgently take a PCR test.

You can also take a PCR test if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. You can book a test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

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