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Let's do it for Derbyshire. Let's get tested

18 March 2021

We’re inviting colleagues who are not working from home or have regular contact with clients to get weekly COVID-19 lateral flow device (LFD) tests. This will help reduce the risk of unknowingly passing on the virus to your family, others that you work with or members of the public.

After confirming your eligibility with your line manager, you can attend a test centre during working time. Please discuss the time of your visit with your manager to ensure service cover is maintained. 

There are now 9 test centres in Derbyshire and most are open from 7.45am until 7pm every day. You should not make a special trip to a testing centre, instead you should incorporate your visit into your journey to or from work or client visits. If you incur any additional mileage or travel costs as a result of visiting test centres this can be claimed as per normal travel claim processes. 

Colleagues working in our residential care homes should continue to follow existing testing procedures in their workplace.

You don’t need an appointment to get tested, just drop in during opening hours. Full details of all our testing centres, including opening times, are available on our website. Please remember to check the details of your nearest test centre on a regular basis as occasionally we may need to move to a different venue. You can also find out if there is a queue at the time you wish to visit using the government’s national community testing website.

You’ll usually receive your result by text message within 30 minutes of taking the test. If you do test positive, you and your household must self-isolate immediately. You should inform your line manager and follow the advice given by NHS Test and Trace.

A negative test is not a guarantee and you should continue to follow prevention measures including those set out in the risk assessment for your role or workplace.

Please remember that if you or a member of your household develops coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test in the usual way.