Rapid Community Testing Initiative to Launch for Retford and Villages

  • Community testing initiative to launch to drive down transmission rates
  • Testing to begin in Retford to 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 Retford Town Hall in Retford 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.

Retford will receive a batch of lateral flow tests, provided by NHS Test and Trace, to enable local public health leaders to start testing working age adults in the community. Rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests provide results within an hour, and will be used to proactively test asymptomatic individuals. Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test.

Testing will be available for asymptomatic individuals between the ages of 18 – 65, from Tuesday 9th March. The opening hours are:

Tuesdays – 8am -6pm
Wednesday – 7am – 5pm
Thursday – 8am – 6pm
Friday – 8am – 6pm
Saturday -8:30am – 3pm

For more information on how to get a test, visit our community testing page.

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 at nhs.uk/coronavirus 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 secure a community testing site for Retford and the surrounding villages. These community testing sites provide rapid tests and are another tool in the fight to stop the spread and reduce infection rates.

“This will only have an impact on our infection rates if we all keep playing our part and follow the national restrictions and the Hands, Face, Space guidance.”

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 to roll out community testing in Retford 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 Retford 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