City of York Council are making it even easier for people to get tested, with Acomb Explore opening for testing on Wednesday 5 May


The Parish Council receive regular updates from City of York Council regarding local issues, in particular relating to the ongoing pandemic. We will endeavour to share the news most appropriate to our residents as soon as we receive it.

Whilst residents will be able to book a slot online until 30 May, people can now simply turn up to get tested without the need for an appointment. All appointments booked remain valid and people can still book slots should they wish.

Acomb Explore Library has become the latest venue to offer a collection service to residents, joining pharmacies across the city in our efforts to get residents frequently tested. The testing offered at Acomb Explore will be available on Wednesdays (10am-2pm) and Saturdays (10am-3pm) and will also give people the chance to take the test in person, and/or collect tests to take at home.

City leaders are asking residents to get tested twice a week, even if you’ve had the vaccine. The early identification of cases will stop the virus from spreading, keep people safe and help keep the places we all love open.

More information is available at www.york.gov.uk/SymptomFreeCovidTest and a map of locations in the city where people can access testing can be found at maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk

How you can get tested

In person at one of our testing sites (the York Leisure Centre, the University of York, York St John University, Foxwood Community Centre, and now Acomb Explore). There is no need to book, you can just turn up when centres are open.

Collect free test kits from one of our testing sites with no need to book. There are also a number of pharmacies and community venues offering this service. You can view the locations at Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests – NHS (test-and-trace.nhs.uk).

Home delivery is available by visiting www.nhs.uk/get-tested or calling 119.
Employees may be able to access testing through their employer and secondary school and college pupils will continue to get tests through their education setting.

If you have symptoms you must self-isolate and book an in-person test with NHS test and trace through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. You should not turn up to one of our Symptom-Free testing sites.

Reporting your results

You can do this on the government website, or by phone. Details of both are included in your test kit, with step-by-step instructions on exactly what to do. It is essential you report your result, including if it is negative, as it helps us understand the prevalence of the virus and also how many people are getting tested.

• If your COVID test is positive, you must self-isolate in accordance with government guidelines and book an additional COVID test through NHS test and trace. Our contact tracing service will be in touch to check you are ok, offer advice and identify any close contacts who may need to self-isolate.

• If your test is negative, please keep helping to prevent the spread of Coronavirus by following ‘hands, face, space’.

If you have coronavirus symptoms or you’re self-isolating, instead book a test through the NHS website or call 119

Symptom-free testing sites opening times

Site Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
York St John University 8 am – 4 pm 8 am – 4 pm 8 am – 4 pm 8 am – 4 pm 8 am – 4 pm 9 am – 1 pm 9 am – 1 pm
University of York 10  am – 5.30 pm 8 am – 4.30 pm 10  am – 5.30 pm 8 am – 4.30 pm 8 am – 4.30 pm 10 am – 1 pm 10 am – 1 pm
Community Stadium 9 am – 2.30 pm 9 am – 2.30 pm 9 am – 2.30 pm 9 am – 2.30 pm 9 am – 2.30 pm 9 am – 1 pm 9 am – 1 pm
Foxwood 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm Closed Closed
Acomb Explore Closed Closed 10 am – 2 pm Closed Closed 10 am – 3pm Closed

*Testing sites will be closed on Monday 3 May and Monday 31 May

This communication is from City of York Council.
Rufforth with Knapton Parish Council and City of York Council disclaim any liability for action taken in reliance on the content of this communication.