COVID-19 community-based testing - for people without symptoms

In order to understand the way COVID-19 is transmitted in communities and reduce its spread, Northamptonshire is undertaking a local programme of community testing. This is part of the wider Government strategy to tackle the virus.​

 

 

If you have symptoms or think you have coronavirus, please do not come to non-symptomatic community testing sites. Instead, you must book a PCR covid test.

What is COVID-19 community testing?

A new locally-led testing service set up to test people without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) in Northamptonshire using lateral flow antigen testing.

The aim of testing people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms is to protect those most at risk, using rapid testing to speed up the process.

What is lateral flow antigen testing?

Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that can be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people, better enabling us to identify and isolate more people who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chains of transmission.

A Lateral Flow Test (LFT) detects the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device's absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.

Who is the community test for?

In light of the national lockdown, which means where possible people should be working from home and limiting their trips outside, we are now urging frontline workers, some of which are outlined below to come forward and get tested.

  • Health or social care
  • Transportation
  • Education or childcare (if not receiving regular rapid tests via the workplace)
  • Essential shops, supermarkets or financial services
  • Food production or processing
  • Warehousing, packing or distribution
  • Essential public sector services including waste, bin collections, security etc
  • Construction, utilities or communications
  • Agency workers

We would advise that people working in these areas take up the opportunity to get tested weekly to help to reduce the spread of the virus.

Corby
  • Lodge Park Sports Centre, 134-148 Shetland Way, Corby NN17 2SG
  • Getting to the site: parking is available on site, you may also wish to walk or cycle to the site. We would advise against public transport if possible, in case you later test positive.
  • Opening hours: The site operates 08:00 to 12.00 and 15:00 to 19:00, Tuesday to Saturday

Book your slot in Corby

Northampton - Danes Camp Leisure Centre

  • Danes Camp Sports and Leisure Centre, Clannell Rd, Northampton NN4 0RX
  • Getting to the site: Parking is available on site, you may also wish to walk or cycle to the site. We would advise against public transport if possible, in case you later test positive.
  • Opening hours: The site operates 07:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 20:00 Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 13:00 Saturday and Sunday
Book your slot at Danes Camp Leisure Centre

South Northamptonshire

  • Brackley Leisure Centre, Springfield Way, Brackley, NN13 6JJ
  • Getting to the site: Parking is available on site, you may also wish to walk or cycle to the site. We would advise against public transport if possible, in case you later test positive.
  • Opening hours: The site operates 09:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00 Tuesday to Saturday

Book your slot in South Northamptonshire

Wellingborough

  • Redwell Leisure Centre, Barnwell Road, Wellingborough, NN8 5LP
  • Getting to the site: Parking is available on site, you may also wish to walk or cycle to the site. We would advise against public transport if possible, in case you later test positive.
  • Opening hours: The site operates 08:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00 Tuesday to Saturday
Book your slot in Wellingborough

Businesses can now order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests for their employees directly from the government using an online ordering portal.

You can register to order tests for your employees if:

  • your business is registered in England
  • you employ 50 people or more
  • your employees cannot work from home

Register to order tests for your employees

For enqueries about Lateral Flow Testing within your workplace, see our frequently asked questions (Updated 21 02 2021):

Northants Now podcast

Welcome to Northants Now is a new series from Northamptonshire County Council and Public Health Northamptonshire.

In this episode we discuss COVID-19 community testing. Gareth Evans discovers how it works, the aim of this testing, and how businesses across the county are getting involved.

Listen to Northants Now: Lateral Flow Device testing

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Anonymised data will be used for management information and statistics to assess the service and measure future provisions. All of your information is processed in accordance with data protection legislation and relevant COVID-19 regulations. 

For full details on how we use, store and share your information, please see our COVID-19 privacy notice, where you can also access our overall Privacy Notice. You can also see Eventbrite's own privacy notice

Personal data taken in order to perform the lateral flow tests and the subsequent test results are administered by the NHS and the Department of Health & Social Care's Covid Privacy Notice should be read in conjunction with the privacy notices above. These results are shared with Public Health England and Northamptonshire County Council.