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 take two tests per week. These tests are quick and simple to use and give you a result in 30 minutes.

Do rapid tests on days when you're more likely to catch or spread COVID-19. For example, do a test before you:

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

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.

PCR 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 and Omicron variant.

PCR testing

If you have any of these 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, even if mild, use this service to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or they’ve changed

You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site. If you’re getting a PCR test because you’ve had a positive day 2 lateral flow travel test, you can only get the test sent to your home.

You can get your PCR test here.

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Testing site in Newark

The symptomatic testing site in Newark is located in the old Highways Depot on Great North Road, Newark. 

As a temporary measure, free car parking is available in the designated car parking area within the Castle House car park for those getting tests.

If you need to get a PCR test please visit the government website or call 119.

 

Rapid lateral flow testing kits

You can order free rapid lateral flow testing kits to be sent to your home via the government website. You can also collect rapid lateral flow testing kits from your local testing site. Find your nearest collection point from the NHS Test and Trace website.

Mobile testing units for supervised PCR tests

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

  • Wednesday 5 January 2022 - New Market Sqaure (outside Nat West Bank), Market Place, Newark, NG24 1EA
  • Thursday 6 January 2022 - Ollerton Forest Road Car Park, Forest Road, Ollerton, NG22 9ST
  • Saturday 8 January 2022 - New Market Sqaure (outside Nat West Bank), Market Place, Newark, NG24 1EA
  • Monday 10 January 2022 - Ollerton Forest Road Car Park, Forest Road, Ollerton, NG22 9ST
  • Wednesday 12 January 2022 - New Market Sqaure (outside Nat West Bank), Market Place, Newark, NG24 1EA
  • Thursday 13 January 2022 - Ollerton Forest Road Car Park, Forest Road, Ollerton, NG22 9ST
  • Saturday 15 January 2022 - New Market Sqaure (outside Nat West Bank), Market Place, Newark, NG24 1EA
  • Sunday 16 January 2022 - Rufford Abbey, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9DF
  • Monday 17 January 2022 - Ollerton Forest Road Car Park, Forest Road, Ollerton, NG22 9ST
  • Wednesday 19 January 2022 - New Market Sqaure (outside Nat West Bank), Market Place, Newark, NG24 1EA
  • Thursday 20 January 2022 - Ollerton Forest Road Car Park, Forest Road, Ollerton, NG22 9ST
  • Saturday 22 January 2022 - New Market Sqaure (outside Nat West Bank), Market Place, Newark, NG24 1EA
  • Wednesday 26 January 2022 - New Market Sqaure (outside Nat West Bank), Market Place, Newark, NG24 1EA
  • Thursday 27 January 2022 - Ollerton Forest Road Car Park, Forest Road, Ollerton, NG22 9ST
  • Saturday 29 January 2022 - New Market Sqaure (outside Nat West Bank), Market Place, Newark, NG24 1EA
  • Sunday 30 January 2022 - Rufford Abbey, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9DF
  • Monday 31 January 2022 - Ollerton Forest Road Car Park, Forest Road, Ollerton, NG22 9ST

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