Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for people without symptoms
The Government has announced that everyone in the country can access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing.
This comes as we begin to further to reduce coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures. Under the new programme, everyone is able to access regular testing to try to prevent outbreaks and detect COVID-19 cases early.
Those who are unable to work from home are strongly recommended to be tested regularly. This is particularly important as many people (around one in three) with COVID-19 will not experience any symptoms at all, which could cause them to spread the virus to others without knowing. Making use of lateral flow tests (LFTs) regularly could help to prevent the spread from asymptomatic individuals, keeping ourselves and others safer.
Please be reminded that LFTs should be stored at cooler temperatures, and if they are exposed to warm temperatures (such as a hot room) they may become less effective in detecting COVID.
If your LFTs have been stored at a warm temperature above 30°C, we would suggest disposing of them and getting new tests.
Community collect – home testing kits
Lateral flow tests (LFT) are available for home delivery and collection from sites in Derby. Further information on how to access regular lateral flow testing is available on the Government website.
Collecting home testing kits
Home testing kits are rapid testing LFT kits, which you can take at home and have your results in 30 minutes. You should still test yourself twice a week even if you are double vaccinated.
The kits can be collected using community collect services, which means you can:
You do not need an appointment to collect test kits, however you must:
- be 18 or over
- not be experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms – if you are experiencing symptoms, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test
As well as pharmacies and our pop ups, tests can also be collected at set times from other locations.
Monday to Thursday
9am to 4 pm
|Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS|
9am to 5pm
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Reducing the spread of COVID-19 over winter
We are committed to making sure all Derby residents are safe and protected from COVID-19. However, some members of our community are affected greater than others and we are focused on preventing this. This includes:
- Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups
- Sex workers
- People with disabilities or impairments
- Religions, faiths, and nationalities linked to increased risk
- Low-income households
- Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller Communities
- People in occupations with high exposure risk
- People with dependencies on drugs or alcohol in contact with services
- People experiencing homelessness and rough sleepers
This list is not fixed to those on the list. We value your say in raising awareness about those who made need assistance in accessing testing and keeping safe.
If you are a charity, religious outreach, community organisations, or work with service users in these groups, you may be able to help get free testing kits to vulnerable members of society. Please email LFTbookings@derby.gov.uk to ask if home testing kits can be delivered to your organisation.
How to do a test from home
Your test kit will include instructions for completing your test. It is similar to PCR tests in that you will need to take a swab sample from the back of your throat and nose. However, instead of the sample being sent to a lab for analysis, you complete this part yourself.
You will need to register your results online or by calling 119. If you test positive, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test to confirm the result.
When you have completed a test and reported your results, please dispose of it in your black bin – the tests are not recyclable.
We know that some people are worried about having regular testing - it is perfectly normal to be apprehensive about this.
Our top tips are:
- Take your time – there is no time limit for doing the test. Set aside some time and don’t feel like you need to rush and do it quickly.
- Breathe – swabbing shouldn’t hurt but it can be uncomfortable. Take a few deep breaths before you begin swabbing and remember to keep breathing while you do it.
- Gagging is normal - If you experience any gagging sensations, this is a good sign and means you’re swabbing in the right place at the back of your throat.
- Use a mirror – this will help you find the right spot in your throat
- Ask for help – if you’re struggling, it’s perfectly ok to ask for somebody to help you.
Tests for school pupils
As part of the return to school, all pupils in secondary school and above will be offered regular (every three to four days) testing using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs).
The first three of these tests will be conducted at school and after this, children will be given kits by the school to undertake testing at home.
In primary schools, children will only be tested if they develop Coronavirus symptoms, they are not part of the asymptomatic testing programme.
All families, household bubbles or childcare bubbles of Primary or Secondary aged children are also eligible for twice weekly home testing, parents will be able to collect home testing kits from Local Testing Sites.
Testing is not mandatory but is strongly recommended so, let’s do the right thing for Derby and break chains of transmission and prevent further spread of the virus.
Home testing kits can also be collected through community collect services.