Community testing


On this page you can out all the information you need to know about community testing and testing for school pupils, staff and their bubbles.

What is community testing?

Community (asymptomatic) testing helps identify and isolate individuals who have coronavirus (COVID-19) but do not have symptoms.

Community testing is not for those who have coronavirus symptoms. If you have symptoms then you must self-isolate and book at test online (opens in new window) at or call the NHS Test and Trace service on 119.

Community testing uses rapid lateral flow devices which helps identify those people who are infectious but asymptomatic and unaware that they might be spreading the disease, so that we can trace their contacts, support them to isolate and prevent transmission to others. Identifying infectious individuals early, and those they have been in close contact with, and then isolating them can significantly reduce transmission of the virus and break transmission chains.

Who is the test for?

Community testing is open to everyone as people are being encouraged to take regular tests to help prevent outbreaks and get back to a more normal way of life. 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.

In addition people aged 18 will be able to collect two boxes of seven tests per person or four boxes per family from the asymptomatic community testing sites.  People collecting boxes from our community testing sites can also have a supervised test to help ensure that tests done at home are accurate.

People aged 18 and over will also be able to collect the same number of tests from local pharmacies through the Government’s new ‘Pharmacy Collect ‘service.  Local participating pharmacies can be found on the NHS Test Site Finder (Opens in a New Window).

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?

Bassetlaw has community testing sites at the following locations:

Retford Town Hall

Retford, DN22 6DB

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 8am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 8am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 8am to 5pm
  • Friday: 8:30am to 3pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Old Market Square, Worksop (Outside the Savoy Cinema)

  • Saturday - 10am-4:30pm
  • (please note this will be unavailable on Saturday 25 September)

Remember you don’t need to book, just turn up. If you want to find out if there is a queue at the time you wish to visit then go to the NHS COVID-19 Test Finder website (opens in new window).

What to bring with you

If you have a smartphone please bring it with you, fully charged, to register for your test result. If you don't have a smartphone, 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.

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

If your result is positive you and your household will need to begin isolating for 10 days immediately. You will need to take a PCR test at a local testing centre or at home, your nearest local testing centre for Bassetlaw is at the Central Avenue Car Park. 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. If the PCR test is negative then you will be able to stop self isolating.

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 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 Bassetlaw district and don’t have anyone who can help you. You can arrange an emergency food parcel by calling us on 01909 533 533 or email during normal office hours. For details of the food support available in Bassetlaw district, visit help and support to the community affected by coronavirus.

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. 

Testing for school pupils, staff and their bubbles

From 1 March 2021, if you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of staff or a pupil you can get a twice-weekly test:

  • through your employer if they offer testing to employees
  • at a local community testing site
  • by collecting a home test kit from a test site
  • by ordering a home test kit online.

Get a test through your employer

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.

Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site

You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local Community testing site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. 


Collect test kits

You can collect two packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains seven tests. Anyone aged 18 or over can collect kits.

Check your local collection point for opening times. 

You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.

Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times. Find your nearest home test kit collection point (opens in new window).

Pharmacy Collect service

Following the Government’s announcement of a universal testing programme, people over 18 can also collect a box of tests from local participating pharmacies to use at home, as part of the Pharmacy Collect service. Over the coming weeks, more pharmacies will be joining the scheme. Enter your postcode to find your nearest participating pharmacy.

Order home test kits online

If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online. Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods so home kits are available for those who need them most.

Last Updated on Friday, September 24, 2021