A new community testing centre for people who don’t have coronavirus symptoms open in Erewash this week.

The centre opens at West Park Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, at noon on Wednesday 24 February..

Testing will take place from 9am to 7pm, seven days a week. However there will be no community testing available on March 4, 22 and 30 as the centre hosts regular blood donor sessions which will be going ahead as normal on these days.

One in three people who have the virus don’t have symptoms and could be infecting other people without realising.

People who are still going out to work and mixing with colleagues or the public are encouraged to get tested regularly to stop the spread of Covid-19.

More than 33,000 tests have been carried out at Derbyshire’s community testing centres up to February 12, with 419 (1.3%) of people testing positive.

Staff are on hand to help people who test positive and need to self-isolate, including practical support with shopping and picking up prescriptions and any financial support they may be entitled to.

Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace said: “It’s great news that rates of infection are falling across Derbyshire, as they are nationally.

“However, the virus is still out there and we need to make sure we are breaking the chain of transmission, especially among people who are still going out to work and mixing with colleagues and the public.

“For peace of mind, I’d urge anyone without symptoms to get tested regularly to make sure they aren’t unwittingly passing the virus on to colleagues, family or friends.

“Let’s do this for Derbyshire so that we can all get back to doing the things we love more quickly.”

There’s no need to book an appointment at a community testing centre – just call in. To check waiting times visit derbyshire.gov.uk find a test centre (opens in a new window).

People with symptoms are asked not to visit the community testing centres. Anyone with symptoms – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or change to taste or smell – should ring NHS 119 or book a test online at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test (opens in a new window)