Coronavirus: The Derbyshire community test centres still open after Shirebrook and South Normanton branches close

A new Covid-19 community test centre has opened in Bolsover today, after the Shirebrook and South Normanton branches shut.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 11:45 am

There are still eight coronavirus community test centres open across Derbyshire, which offer regular testing for those who are most at risk of passing on the virus, such as people who are still going out to work and spending time with colleagues or the public.

While the testing sites at Shirebrook and South Normanton have now finished, a new centre is open today for members of the public who do not have coronavirus symptoms to get tested at Hillstown Village Hall in Bolsover.

The centres which are open seven days per week from 9am to 7pm aim to identify people with Covid-19, offer support to people who need to self isolate and drive infection rates down across the county.

Derbyshire's community Covid-19 testing centres in Shirebrook and South Normanton have now closed. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)

Even though residents don’t need to book a test prior to arrival, people in Derbyshire are advised to only visit a centre in their local area and wear a face covering.

Community testing sites remain open at Wilmot Street Centre in Heanor, Queen’s Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield, County Hall in Matlock, West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton, Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, Clay Cross Social Centre and Midway Community Centre in Swadlincote.

Members of the public are unable to get tested at the Long Eaton site on March 4, 22 and 30 due to blood donor sessions.

People who have a smart phone should bring it with them, fully charged to the community site to register for their test result, while anyone without a smart phone will receive help from staff.

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