Derbyshire community Covid-19 test centre to close temporarily tomorrow

A community coronavirus test centre in Derbyshire will be temporarily closed tomorrow (March 30) to allow a scheduled blood donation session to go ahead.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 5:24 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 5:26 pm

The testing site in Long Eaton will not be available to the public tomorrow.

While the community Covid-19 test centre – which encourages people who are not experiencing Covid-19 symptoms to get tested for the virus – is usually open seven days a week from 7.45am to 7pm, the site will be shut to let regular blood donor sessions go ahead as planned.

There are currently 10 coronavirus community test sites across Derbyshire – in Chesterfield, Heanor, Bolsover, Matlock, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Buxton, Clay Cross, Swadlincote and New Mills.

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A man takes the lateral flow test. Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images.

The county’s testing programme offers regular testing to those who are at most risk of passing on the virus, which is deemed as those who are still going out to work while others are encouraged to work from home and spend time in person with colleagues or the public.

The testing is aimed to identify people with Covid-19 to limit the spread of infection, drive down infection rates and enable support for those who have to self-isolate.

Residents are encouraged to only visit community centres which are local to them and anyone who is concerned they may have coronavirus symptoms should not get tested at one of the 10 sites and instead book a test in the usual way.

Booking is not required at any of the Derbyshire community testing sites.

For more information about how to access your local community Covid-19 test centre, click here.

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