Testing for COVID-19

Regular asymptomatic testing using a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) should be part of our regular weekly routine. It is recommended that you get 2 tests per week. These tests are quick and simple to use and give you a result in 30 minutes.

If you test positive using a Lateral Flow Test or if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 you should take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. These tests are sent to a lab, so it takes longer to gain a result. The results are more accurate than an LFT and can be used by anyone who already has symptoms or to confirm an LFT positive result. As PCR tests are carried out in a laboratory, the strain of virus can also be identified which can help prevent the spread of variants such as the Delta variant.

Use the links below to see how you can access these tests.

Home testing kits

You can collect home test kits from our local testing sites. Find your nearest collection point from the NHS Test and Trace website.

Mobile testing units for supervised tests

For a supervised test, you can attend one of the mobile testing units.

In Newark, you can get tested Wednesday and Saturday, 10am to 4:00pm in the Marketplace.

In Ollerton you can get tested every Monday and Thursday between 10am and 4:30pm at the Forest Road car park.

You can also collect home testing kits from  the mobile testing units.

PCR testing

If you test positive using a Lateral Flow Test, have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive or you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19 you should book a PCR test either by calling 119 or visiting the government booking service.