Rapid community testing initiative to launch in Worksop

A community testing initiative is to launch in Worksop to drive down transmission rates and help protect people most at risk, using rapid turnaround tests supplied by NHS Test and Trace. 

The community testing initiative, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is launching at Manton Sports in Worksop on Tuesday 2nd February and Crown Place Community Centre, Sandy Lane, Worksop on Wednesday 10th February to help drive down transmission rates.

Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission. With its targeted approach, community testing aims to reduce the prevalence of the virus in the highest risk areas.

Bassetlaw has received lateral flow tests as part of a new pilot to enable local public health leaders to start testing in the targeted areas of Manton and Sandy Lane in Worksop, as these have a high proportion of people of working age who are unable to work from home.

Testing will be available for asymptomatic individuals aged 18-65 years who live and work in these areas. No appointments are needed.

The opening hours are:

Manton Sports: From 2nd February - Tuesdays to Fridays from 8am to 6pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm

Crown Place Community Centre, Sandy Lane: From 10th February - Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8am to 6pm and Sundays from 9am to 1pm.

There is free parking at both sites. Please avoid using public transport in case you later test positive. 

In the coming weeks the community testing will be expanded to target people who work in key industries such as retail, food production and distribution, manufacturing and others that are permitted to open during lockdown.

All efforts to find people without symptoms work hand in hand with the existing free testing service for those with symptoms. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test online at the NHS website (link opens in new window) or by calling 119.

Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council said: “We have worked with our partners in Public Health at the County Council to bring community testing to the district. These community testing sites provide rapid tests and this is another tool in the fight to stop the spread and reduce infection rates.

“If you are working in a job where you can’t work from home and are still going into work then I’d encourage you to get tested. This will only have an impact on our infection rates if we all keep playing part and follow the national lockdown restrictions in addition to the Hands, Face, Space guidance.”

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “We know that around one in three people have the virus but do not have any symptoms, so they could be spreading the disease without knowing. Community testing is designed to identify those who have no symptoms but are positive, particularly people who are in jobs that don’t allow them to work from home.

"Testing will enable us to ensure that the necessary advice and support can be put in place so we can to break the chain of transmission.

"Whilst this testing is an additional tool we can use to help drive transmission down, it is still vitally important that everyone in our communities continue to stay at home unless it’s essential to leave the house, and to practice Hands – Face – Space rules whenever they do.”

Health Minister Lord Bethell said:

“We’ve already come so far since first setting up a national testing programme at an unprecedented pace to help counter COVID-19, but we continue to strive to go further, faster.

“Around one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.

“I’m delighted that Bassetlaw District Council are working with us roll out community testing in Worksop, and I look forward to seeing the results.”

Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said:

“NHS Test and Trace continues to play a leading role in the fight against COVID-19. Increased community testing is a vital additional tool at our disposal to help identify those who are infected and infectious, but unaware that they might be spreading the disease.

“The work of Bassetlaw District Council in Worksop will be essential in driving down transmission rates. I urge all those living in areas where community testing is offered to come forward and get tested.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 13, 2021