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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.

As new opportunities for testing arise we will update this page – it may change frequently.

If you work for an NHS Trust - please continue to access your own organisational testing process.
 
  • Cumbria, Northumbria, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Testing Centres

Testing is available 7 days a week at Carlisle, Preston and Newcastle, and also via mobile testing units.

Employers can also book tests for multiple employees at these sites via the Government’s online portal here


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 9:30 and last available appointment slots are 15:30.
- 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.

Barrow (BAE)
Waterfront Car Park at the Resolution Building, Michaelson Road,
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2TF
26 November

Egremont (RUFC)
Bleach Green, Egremont, CA22 2NL
27, 29 November

Haverigg
Millom RUFC - Millom LA18 4GY
24, 30 November

Kendal
Kendal RUFC, Mint Bridge, Shap Rd, Kendal, LA9 6NZ
24, 30 November

Kirkby Stephen
Upper Eden RUFC Westgarth road, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4TF
27, 28 November

Lillyhall
County Council Highways Depot Parking Services, 1 Joseph Noble Rd, Workington, CA14 4JH
28, 29 November

 

Carlisle Lake District Airport
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA6 4NZ

 

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

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


Preston College
St Vincents Rd, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8UR

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

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

 

Newcastle Great Park
Park and Ride
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE13 9AA

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

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

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


Walk-through testing facilities

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


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

Testing at the site will begin on Wednesday 25 November, with appointments available every day between 8am – 8pm. Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. 

Local businesses and residents are being informed today and information will be in the wider public domain from tomorrow (Thursday).

The walk-through coronavirus testing facility at the Castle Car Park, Devonshire Walk, in Carlisle is open 8am to 8pm every day.

- Use the Postcode CA3 8UL
- Signage along Devonshire Road will highlight the most appropriate turn off for the large car park, which is next to the castle entrance turn off.


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

Tests must be booked in advance.

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

  • You can walk to the site (5 mins from Carlisle city centre) and should follow public health measures including social distancing and wearing a face covering (including travelling to and from the testing centre).
     
  • When you book your appointment you will be given information on travelling to and from the test site safely.
     
  • You will be provided with a test kit when you enter the tent and directed to a testing bay to carry out the test (parents/carers can carry out the test on children). 
     
  • Members of testing staff are available to answer questions and can talk people step by step through the testing process.


A walk-through coronavirus testing facility is to open at Sandgate Car Park in Penrith, as part of the Government’s drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities.

Testing at the new site will start on Friday 20 November, with appointments available every day between 8am – 8pm. Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. 


A walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened in Barrow. Residents with symptoms of the virus - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste can now book appointments at the site, located in the Town Hall Courtyard on Cornwallis Street.

Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and people being tested can expect their result the next day. Home test kits can also be ordered by people who cannot get to a test site.
 

Further walk-through site information will be added here when available.


Christmas and New Year opening times for testing sites

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Regional applies to the Carlisle Airport drive through.
Local applies to the walk through testing sites.
Mobile applies to the mobile testing units.


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)


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.


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 

If you think you have Coronavirus you can also check your symptoms with 111's online symptom checker by following this link: 111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

Advice if you think you have coronavirus can be found here:
www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, advising them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book at test if they develop symptoms.


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