Asymptomatic Coronavirus Testing in Doncaster

This page provides everything you need to know about Doncaster’s asymptomatic coronavirus testing programme.

This page is for information on asymptomatic coronavirus testing, if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus you can book a test via the Government Website.

Under the current national lockdown guidance, people are still able to leave their homes for a coronavirus test and so it is vital that we use this time to drive down Doncaster’s rates as much as possible, especially as some people are still working in the community during this period as well as leaving their homes for essential purposes, such as supermarket shopping and medical care. 

You do not need symptoms and do not need to book ahead in order to access asymptomatic Community testing sites. 

Our community testing sites, for those that are asymptomatic, are currently:

The Springboard Centre, Hexthorpe Boxing Club, Shadyside, Hexthorpe, Doncaster, DN4 0DH. It is open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Sports Hall, entrance road by the former Youth Club/Stainforth SMILE (off Church Road), Stainforth, Doncaster. It is open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Ivanhoe Centre, Gardens Lane, Conisbrough, Doncaster DN12 3JX. It is open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Opening hours for the sites may change so please check back here regularly for the latest information.

 Further information regarding asymptomatic community testing sites can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions 

I have Covid-19 symptoms, what do I need to do?

If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms - however mild - you and anyone else in your household MUST self-isolate immediately for 10 days and use a home testing kit or book a test at one of Doncaster's existing test sites at Adwick Park and Ride or Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

These tests can be booked by calling 119 or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus.

The symptoms of coronavirus  are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • anosmia - this is the loss of or a change in the normal sense of smell. It can also affect the sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

Are you offering testing to people without symptoms in Doncaster?

Yes, a large-scale community testing programme is underway in Doncaster, with the aim of identifying cases in people who are not displaying coronavirus symptoms and, in turn, reducing coronavirus transmission rates in the community.

Community testing sites are being established across the borough (you can find more information in the 'which areas having community testing sites' question), in key geographical areas, to provide regular tests for residents who do not have coronavirus symptoms.

In addition, a programme of regular testing for more groups of key workers who are unable to work from home is also underway.

We also have a mobile testing unit which can visit key sites in Doncaster.

Unlike in areas such as Liverpool, we are taking a targeted approach to testing, selecting areas that may need extra help to access testing facilities, in the first instance.

Which areas have a Community Testing Site?

Our community testing sites are currently:

The Springboard Centre, Hexthorpe Boxing Club, Shadyside, Hexthorpe, Doncaster, DN4 0DH. It is open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Sports Hall, entrance road by the former Youth Club/Stainforth SMILE (off Church Road), Stainforth, Doncaster. It is open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Ivanhoe Centre, Gardens Lane, Conisbrough, Doncaster DN12 3JX. It is open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Opening hours for the sites may change so please check back here regularly for the latest information.

All people who live in these areas, or work in these areas and do not have access to asymptomatic testing through other routes, and DO NOT have symptoms of the virus, are encouraged to attend for regular testing.

You do not need to book a test in advance, simply walk up to the site. Please wear a face covering when coming to the test centre.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. If they are under 11yrs the parent or guardian must do the test, older children will be asked to do the test themselves.

Tests are free, quick and easy and you will be asked to have two tests a week, with at least three days between tests, for the next few weeks. You will receive a text or email within an hour with your results.  You do not have to be registered with a doctor to have a test.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, please do not go to a community testing site. If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, it is important that you book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

I am a key worker, can I get tested?

Regular testing for high priority key workers who are unable to work from home from across Team Doncaster is now underway. These operate on an invite only basis.

What is happening with testing in schools?

National government has provided secondary schools with access to their own rapid tests, to use at their own discretion.

Primary schools, including school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools, are also now part of a national programme where home testing kit are being provided for staff to access.

When pupils return to school from the 8th of March, in addition to the already established rapid testing regime and regular testing of staff, there will be twice-weekly testing of secondary school and college pupils, initially with on-site testing and then home testing. All households with school children, members of their support and childcare bubbles, and those in related occupations will also be encouraged to get tested regularly via asymptomatic Community Testing Sites.

I work in Early Years, can I get tested?

Doncaster Council has made rapid testing available for all asymptomatic staff in private, voluntary and independent nurseries and childminders across the borough.

You can attend our testing site for key workers which is by appointment only. Please ask your employer for details of how to book.

Alternatively, you can attend one of our community testing sites. These sites do not operate a booking system and you can simply walk up to the site. Opening times may vary so please check the link above before attending or see the notice board outside the venues.

What is happening with testing in Care Homes?

Care homes have access to their own rapid tests in order to facilitate visiting. However, not every care home will have received test kits, distributed nationally, and those that have will be working through their own risk assessments and the requirements that come with introducing the testing. There are strict guidelines in place for homes that implement testing and not all homes will be in a position to do this, therefore, the introduction of testing is at each care home’s own discretion.

Can local businesses access testing?

The government is encouraging large and medium sized businesses with over 50 employees to sign up to an employer-led rapid testing scheme available until 31 March, through which they can receive free tests for staff members without symptoms who cannot work from home.

Doncaster Council is encouraging all large employers with more than 50 employees to register for the scheme.

To register interest in the scheme, visit the gov.uk page: Get workplace coronavirus tests

The registration process will ask for the following:

  • Institution name
  • Email for main point of contact
  • Industry sector: food production
  • Company registration number
  • Size of company (no. of employees)

Why aren't you testing everyone in Doncaster?

We believe the most effective testing strategy is to reach priority key workers and target specific areas of the Doncaster community that need extra help to access testing, setting up testing facilities within easy reach of residents in key geographic locations.

Am I allowed to leave home to go for a test?

Yes, under the current national lockdown guidance, you are allowed to leave your home for a coronavirus test. You must travel directly to the test site and return home immediately after your test has been completed.

What are the differences between the two tests?

Two types of test are currently being used to detect if someone has COVID-19:

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests
  • Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests – sometimes referred to as ‘rapid’ tests or ‘LFTs’

PCR tests detect the RNA (ribonucleic acid, the genetic material) of a virus. PCR tests are the most reliable COVID-19 tests. It takes some time to get the results because they are usually processed in a laboratory.

LFD tests, used at our community test sites, detect proteins in the coronavirus and work in a similar way to a pregnancy test. They are simple and quick to use and result come back within an hour.

I got a positive test result, what should I do?

If your test is positive you need to self-isolate for ten days. All other members of your household must also self-isolate for ten days. A member of the Test and Trace team will be in touch to guide you through the next steps and support you with isolating.

This means you must not leave your home.

  • Do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care.
  • Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

Current government guidance dictates that specific groups of people who conduct their own Lateral Flow Device (LFD but also known as ‘rapid’ or LFT) tests at home and self-report the results should isolate immediately but they will require a PCR test within 48 hours to confirm a positive LFD result.

These groups are: NHS England staff, adult social care employees, primary school workers who test at home, and hauliers who use self-test reporting tools. PCR tests can be booked by calling 119 or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus.

For everyone else who has had a positive LFD test result, a further PCR test is not required and you should self-isolate immediately for ten days.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and require support during your period of self-isolation and have no one around to help, then please call us on 01302 430300. Alternatively, if you are not classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, there are lots of local support groups who can offer you assistance. For more details visit: List of groups offering support during the coronavirus outbreak

Financial support for self-isolation may be available. For more information, visit: Coronavirus financial advice

I have received a positive result and isolated as required. Will I develop immunity? 

If you have tested positive for Covid-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity or how long it will last. Therefore, it is vital that you continue to follow the latest national guidance after your isolation period has ended.

For more information please visit: Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus covid-19 infection

I had a positive test result and isolated as required. Can I return to work or do I need another test when I leave isolation?

Once your isolation period has ended and, as long as you have not developed further symptoms, you do not need another test and you may return to work.

Please note that it is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after a COVID-19 infection.  For this reason, if you have previously received a positive test result for COVID-19, you should only be re-tested within a 90-day period if you have developed any new symptoms of COVID-19.

Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 with a Lateral Flow Device (LFD but also known as ‘rapid’ or LFT tests) should not be tested again using an LFD within 90 days. If you have new symptoms of COVID-19 during this period, then you should be tested using a PCR test. PCR tests can be booked by calling 119 or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus.

I have got a negative test result – what should I do?

If your test is negative you do not need to take any action. You should continue to follow all the current preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus.

To protect yourself and others, you must remember: Hands. Face. Space.

Hands –wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home -use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Face –wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Space –stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.

If you go on to develop one of the symptoms of Covid-19, a high temperature, a new persistent cough, or a loss of sense of smell or taste please book a test via the NHS testing system (visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119)

I have got an invalid test result – what should I do?

If your test is invalid this means it was not possible to say if you were infectious for coronavirus when the test was done. You should book in for another test as soon as possible.

Last updated: 24 February 2021 14:56:25