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Testing for Covid-19 is now available to anybody in Cumbria at a range of locations.

All tests must be booked in advance.

You must go through the process to book an appointment – please do not turn up without a booked appointment https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
You can also Call 119 if you have problems using the internet (line open 7am - 11pm)

NHS Trust staff should continue to access testing through their own organisation.


Where can I get a test?

Testing is available 7 days a week at a range of fixed sites and mobile testing units.
Employers can also book tests for multiple employees at these sites via the Government’s online portal here

You can book your test here: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

This is to book a PCR test which will be tested in a lab to show if you have covid.


You can book Mobile Testing Units here:
https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

All tests must be booked in advance.
Locations will be listed on the national website as you go through the booking process.


Mobile testing information: 

- The first available appointment slots are from 10:00 and last available appointment slots are 15:00.
- Slots for booking are realeased at different times during the day if no slots are available it may be worth checking later. 
- If a test site you are looking for does not appear on the site as per advised dates then all slots may have been taken.
 

Ambleside
Rothay Holme HGV/PSV Park, Rothay Holme, Rothay Road, LA22 0HQ.
October: Tue 12, Wed 13, Tue 19, Wed 20, Tue 26, Wed 27
November: Tue 2, Wed 3, Tue 9, Wed 10, Tue 16, Wed 17, Tue 23, Wed 24, Tue 30

Barrow (BAE)
Waterfront Car Park at the Resolution Building, Michaelson Road,
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2TF
October: 21, 28
November: Thu 4, 11, 18, 25

Egremont (RUFC)
Egremont RUFC, Bleach Green, Egremont, CA22 2NL
October:  Fri 22, Sun 24, Fri 29, Sun 31
November: Fri 5,  Fri 12, Sun 14, Sun 21, Mon 22, Fri 26, Sun 28​​​​​​​

Haverigg
Millom RUFC - Millom LA18 4GY
October: Thu 21, Mon 25, Thu 28
November: Mon 1, Thu 4, Mon 8, Thu 11, Mon 15, Thu 18, Mon 22, Thu 25, Mon 29​​​​​​​

Kirkby Stephen
Upper Eden RUFC Westgarth road, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4TF
October: Fri 22, Sat 23, Mon 25, Wed 27, Fri 29, Sat 30
November: Mon 1, Wed 3, Fri 5, Sat 6, Mon 8, Wed 10, Fri 12, Mon 15, Wed 17, Fri 19, Mon 22, Wed 24, Fri 26, Mon 29​​​​​​​

Lillyhall
County Council Highways Depot Parking Services, 1 Joseph Noble Rd, Workington, CA14 4JH
October: Sat 23, Sun 24, Sat 30, Sun 31
November: Sat 6, Sun 7, Sat 13, Sun 14, Sat 20, Sun 21, Sat 27, Sun 28

 

Carlisle Lake District Airport
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA6 4NZ

 

Those tested will receive their results by text within a couple of days.

Site open every day 8am-8pm

To book an appointment or for more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
or by call 119


This walk-through coronavirus testing facility is situated on the overflow car park on Griffin Street, between Allerdale House and Workington Leisure Centre.

Site open every day 8am-8pm
You should book your test here: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test 
or by calling 119

Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. 


The Whitehaven site is located at Castle Meadows Car Park.

Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. 
The testing site is part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities.

Site open every day 8am-8pm
You should book your test here: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test 
or by calling 119

Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. ​​​​​​​

The walk-through coronavirus testing facility at Cecil Street Car Park in Carlisle is open 8am to 8pm every day.

- Use the Postcode CA1 1NX

Tests must be booked in advance.
You should book your test here: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
or by calling 119

Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

Please Note: The video below was created when this site was previously located at Carlisle Castle - however this still gives a useful brief overview of how the testing process works at the Cecil Street Car Park site.


The walk-through coronavirus testing facility in Penrith is located at Sandgate Car Park 

Appointments available every day between 8am – 8pm.

You should book your test here: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test 
or by calling 119

Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. 
 


This Barrow walk-through coronavirus testing facility is situated at:
Town Hall Courtyard on Cornwallis Street.

Site open every day 8am-8pm
You should book your test here: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test 
or by calling 119

Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. 


The coronavirus testing facility is located at:
The car park at Kendal Leisure Centre Car Park
Burton Rd,
Kendal
​​​​​​​LA9 7HX


Site open every day 8am-8pm
You should book your test here: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test 
or by calling 119

Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. 


(Please note: This site has replaced the previous Busher Walk site.)
 

Healthcare professionals may contact the ICC hub with patient details on: CockermouthMaryport.icc@cumbria.nhs.uk
(this services covers the whole of North Cumbria)

or phone on:

•    Mon – Fri 08:00 – 18.30  Tel: 01946 853333 (Option 4) 
•    Sat & Sun 08:00 -  16:00  Tel: 01946 853333 (Option 2)


Visit: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
to view and information and decide if a self test kit will be appropriate for you.
You can then apply for the tests using the GOV.UK link featured on this webpage.

Useful guides:

coronavirus home test: step-by-step guide
coronavirus test guide: how to test on a child 

Accessibility Note : If you require any of these documents in an alternative format please contact: enquiries@northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk 

For more information, please visit the Government's booking site:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Phone number for the national testing service: 0800 915 9965


Lateral Flow Testing

Changes to LFT testing in Cumbria from 15 July

As people increasingly choose to access testing in other ways, 11 out of 12 community Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) sites across Cumbria closed from Thursday 15 July. 

Demand for the LFT sites has fallen as people are increasingly choosing to order tests online or pick up testing kits from their local pharmacy or PCR test site. Many people are also offered testing at work. 

All PCR testing sites will remain open as normal and will continue to act as LFT collection points. 

The 11 LFT testing sites set to close are where demand for community testing has fallen the most. These include Ambleside, Aspatria, Barrow, Carlisle, Dalton, Kendal, Milnthorpe, Penrith, Sedbergh, Whitehaven and Workington. 

However, the LFT site at Millom will remain open as usual (Saturdays: 9.15am - 11.30am and Wednesdays: 5.15pm - 7.45pm) as demand there remains high.

 

 

Testing if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should get a test. Symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you've lost your sense of smell or taste or it's changed

Book a test on the national website or by calling 119. 

There are a range of test centres available across Cumbria. Full details are available on this CG page.

 

Testing if you DO NOT have symptoms

Lateral Flow Testing is now available to all adults in England who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but want a test to help keep them, their family and those they come into contact with safe. Regular testing for COVID-19 of people without symptoms is an important way to stop infection spreading.

Lateral Flow tests give a result in 30 minutes and help identify people who have COVID-19 and are infectious but are not ill. These people can then self-isolate to protect others.

Ways to get a Lateral Flow Test

1. Get a test through your employer

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.

2. Home Delivery 

Lateral Flow home testing kits can be sent directly to your home. One box containing 7 tests will be provided per order.  Order online

3. Pharmacy Collection Points

Pharmacies across the county have Lateral Flow home testing kits available for collection. Two boxes each containing 7 tests can be collected at any one time. Find your nearest pharmacy

4. PCR Site LFT Collection Points

PCR testing sites are open in the afternoons, usually 2.30pm-8pm, for collection of Lateral Flow home testing Kits. Find your nearest collection point 

5. Community Lateral Flow Testing and Collection Points

There is one remaining Lateral Flow Test and Collection site available in Cumbria. The site has fully trained staff to facilitate on site Lateral Flow testing while you are there, help show you how to test properly, and hand out Lateral Flow Home kits to take away. 

Please note, the testing site will not be open outside of these times:

Millom: Millom School, Salthouse Road, Millom, LA18 5AB

  • Saturdays 9.15am to 11.30am 
  • Wednesdays 5.15pm to 7.45pm

To attend a site and be tested:

  • No appointment is necessary - please just arrive at the testing site between times stated
  • Please wear a face covering unless you have a medical exemption
  • Please note, the testing sites will not be open outside these times

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, please do not attend the test site, but instead book a test online or by calling 119.

Can the tests be used on children under the age of 12?

Yes they can, but the Public Health team does not recommend schools and other settings actively promote regular rapid testing in children under the age of 12 because it can be unpleasant for them.

We recommend adults aged 18+ should participate in the twice-weekly rapid testing programme.

Please note that the information booklet that comes with the home lateral flow testing kits does say they are suitable for children under the age of 12, but parents and carers should be advised that this is not recommended.

If children under the age of 12 develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should get a PCR test.

This advice will be kept under review.


Lateral Flow Testing is a key part of the national strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as lockdown restrictions ease. Lateral Flow tests are for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. The tests are available to order as below.

The test helps identify people who have the virus and are infectious but don’t know it. The Government expanded the test programme so that everyone in England is being offered two free lateral flow tests per week. 

If you get a positive LFT you must self-isolate and follow the national advice, but have a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible.

How to get your test kits

Home Delivery Lateral Flow Test kits can be sent directly to your home. One box containing 7 tests will be provided per order. Order online

Pharmacy Collection Points All pharmacies across the county have home testing kits available for collection. Two boxes each containing 7 tests can be collected at any one time.
Find your nearest pharmacy

Community Lateral Flow Testing and Collection Points There are 12 Lateral Flow Test and Collection sites across the county set up with fully trained staff to facilitate on site Lateral Flow testing while you are there and also help show you how to test and hand out Lateral Flow Home kits to take away.
Find Community Testing sites

PCR Testing Collection Points PCR testing sites are open in the afternoons, usually 2.30pm-8pm.
Find your nearest collection point

How does the lateral flow home testing work?

  • Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 carry the virus but do not have symptoms.
  • Rapid lateral flow tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.
  • The test involves taking a swab sample from the back of your throat and from your nose.
  • A result will be available in 30 minutes.
  • The test kit pack contains all of the information you will need to take the test.
  • The results must be registered to the national NHS system which is secure and confidential.

Health and Care Worker Testing Centres

NHS Trust staff should continue to access testing through their own organisation.

Employers of key workers can book a test for a member of their team at these centres (or you may be referred by your GP). You must follow the centre’s own instructions.

If you turn up without a booked appointment you will NOT be tested.


Health and care employers can submit referrals for COVID-19 testing at the Whitehaven (Copeland Red Hub) site on behalf of their employees using the following referral form here

Line managers can refer staff members who need testing (this can be one staff member or several). 

The drive through testing centre is located at:
Flatt Walks Surgery, 3 Castle Meadows, Whitehaven CA28 7QE
 
For further advice please contact: CUCCG.COPELANDREDCENTRE@NHS.NET

Full instructions on what to expect and how to reach the centre will be provided by email to the essential worker to confirm their appointment.

Following the swab, your key worker will receive confirmation of their test results within 36 hours, and will be asked to inform and discuss their result with their line manager to agree next steps.


Health and care employers can submit referrals for COVID-19 testing at the Eden Red Hub site on behalf of their employees using the following referral form here:

Line managers can refer staff members who need testing (this can be one staff member or several). 
Please be advised that this booking process applies to the Eden Reb Hub at Penrith site only, where we are prioritising testing for health and social care staff.

The drive through testing centre is located at:
Penrith Hospital, Respiratory Centre, (RED CENTRE), Bridge Ln, Penrith, CA11 8HX
 
For further advice please contact: CUCCG.PENRITHREDHUBTEAM1@NHS.NET  

Full instructions on what to expect and how to reach the centre will be provided by email to the essential worker to confirm their appointment.

Following the swab, your key worker will receive confirmation of their test results within 36 hours, and will be asked to inform and discuss their result with their line manager to agree next steps.
 

Swabbing centres available at:
 

  • Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Ashton Rd, Lancaster LA1 4RP
    7 days a week 8-6pm

  • Furness General Hospital, Dalton Ln, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 4LF
    7 days a week 9-5pm
  • Westmorland General Hospital, Burton Rd, Kendal LA9 7RG
    Mon-Fri 9-5pm
  • Home visits available to those who do not drive or have access to a car
     

Line managers of health and social care staff can access these centres by calling:

  • All NHS Staff Groups -01524 512290
  • All General Practice staff -01524 512290
  • Regulated Care Staff-01524 591419
  • Lancashire constabulary - 01524 591419

Someone from the centre will then call the individual to arrange a suitable time for testing.

Please note the COVID testing centre at Westmorland General Hospital can be used for testing children between the ages of 5 and 18 if they are the reason essential workers are self-isolating. However, all children under 12 years of age must be tested by a parent or guardian. Children aged 12 to 18 may complete the test on themselves or with the help of an adult parent or guardian. 

When attending COVID testing centre:
 

•    You must arrive on site by car – you cannot take a bus, taxi or arrive by foot
•    The testing centre can be found outside the Dunmail Unit. When entering the hospital grounds via the main entrance; take the first left and follow the red signs to the COVID testing centre. 
•    You must remain in your car at all times with the windows up until told otherwise
•    When you arrive, you need to confirm your name and date of birth. Please leave your car windows closed
•    The test involves a throat and nose swab and the trained staff will give you directions for this and the next steps at the time


In addition to the testing sites explained above, there is also a range of other testing activity underway.

Drivers and crew of HGVs, LGVs and vans are now able to get free COVID-19 tests and border readiness checks before transporting goods to the EU at various sites in the UK, supported by the Department of Health and Social Care.

These ‘haulier advice sites’ are situated at motorway service stations and truck stops and most of them offer COVID testing facilities.

Please note the sites are specifically for drivers and crew of HGVs, LGVs and vans heading to any port crossing to France who must display proof of an authorised negative COVID test, conducted within 72 hours prior to travel.                                                                                                  

The sites based in Cumbria include Junction 38 Services (testing 6am to 10pm) and the Carlisle Stobart Truck Stop (Junction 44) (testing 4am to 10pm).

The full list of sites, including details of COVID Testing hours, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations and a locations map is also shown below.

Drivers and crew are being strongly advised to get a negative test before they travel to Kent or other Channel crossing points. Lateral flow devices are being used at these sites that provide results within the hour.
As well as delivering testing, staff at the sites can also provide guidance on new border processes after the EU transition and check whether drivers have all the right paperwork they will require.

More information is available here.

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