A new pilot Asymptomatic Testing Centre for people who live and work in Forest Fields and Hyson Green will open at Djanogly Community Leisure Centre, Gregory Boulevard, on Wednesday 20 January 2021.
The centre will be run by Nottingham City Council and will encourage people without symptoms of Covid-19 (asymptomatic) to drop in and get a free rapid Covid-19 test.
Cllr Sally Longford, Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham City Council asked to be part of a pilot to offer asymptomatic testing for Covid-19 to help reduce the spread of the virus in the city. We’re pleased to now be able to offer this facility for residents in the Forest Fields and Hyson Green areas to contribute towards tackling the virus.
“We know there have been high rates of Covid-19 infections in these areas and that many citizens living here are of working age and more at risk from Covid-19.
“The aim of the asymptomatic testing is to pick up more infections before people become symptomatic and support them to isolate earlier. People will not need to display any symptoms to access this test and the results of positive or negative for Covid-19 can be given in under an hour. The offer will be for each person to access a test once a week.”
People who live and work in Forest Fields and Hyson Green will therefore be encouraged to get a Covid-19 test at the centre at least once a week:
- The Asymptomatic Testing Centre will be open six days a week (closed Sunday), from 9.30am until 6.30pm. There is no need to book – people can just drop in.
- People must not attend if they are showing symptoms of Covid-19, and under 12-year-olds must come with an adult.
- The asymptomatic testing pilot will run until March 2021.
- A positive or negative test result can be given within the hour and support will be offered to those people who test positive.
Cllr Longford continued: “We will work hard over the coming weeks to ensure the local community in Forest Fields and Hyson Green are aware of the testing centre, how to get a test and encourage as many people are possible to take advantage of the pilot.
“We will learn from this pilot and consider our approach to community testing in other areas of the city.”