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

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 ask for a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms

Testing is most effective in the first 3 days of COVID-19 symptoms appearing. It is possible to have no symptoms - to be asymptomatic - but still have COVID-19. If you are advised to take a test please take one.

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.

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

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

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

National Testing Centres

Testing is available at Penrith,  Preston and Newcastle, and also via mobile military testing units (locations and dates listed below). 

These centres are self-referral via: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

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

Employers can also book tests for multiple employees at the Penrith, Preston and Newcastle sites via the Government’s online portal: https://coronavirus-invite-testing.service.gov.uk/

 

Penrith Rugby Club

Penrith RUFC Ltd. Winters Park. Penrith. Cumbria. CA11 8RQ

Those tested will receive their results by text within a few days. Please check the specific advice here on how the test centre will work, the age range eligible for testing and ensure you have an appointment. You cannot turn up and be tested without booking an appointment.

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 few days. Please check the specific advice here on how the test centre will work, the age range eligible for testing and ensure you have an appointment. You cannot turn up and be tested without booking an appointment.

For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

 

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

This site is a hybrid site offering both self-test and assisted test options.

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book an appointment on the NHS website to be tested for whether they currently have coronavirus. Essential workers can book a test on the GOV.UK essential worker self-referral portal.
 
Those tested will receive their results by text within a few days. Please check the specific advice here on how the test centre will work, the age range eligible for testing and ensure you have an appointment. You cannot turn up and be tested without booking an appointment.

For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test


Tests at Satellite Mobile Testing Units are bookable through the national website:
https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

They will be responsive to need and may appear in locations for several days.
The site will highlight to patients which locations are available to book tests in Cumbria. 

Please note in regards to this mobile testing: 
- The first available appointment slots are 9:30 and last available appointment slots are 15:30.
- The slots for the following day are uploaded around 18:00 - at this point only releasing morning slots for the following day. The rest of the slots go live from 8:00 the next day.
- 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.

Those tested will receive their results by text within a few days. Please check the specific advice here on how the test centre will work, the age range eligible for testing and ensure you have an appointment. You should not turn up and be tested without booking an appointment.

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


Locally-run 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 link: https://nhscovidtestne.onk2.com

Online booking requests can be made by senior nominated individuals in your organisation (e.g. practice manager, partner, HR manager) for individuals who need testing (this can be one staff member or several). 

The automated system will email the essential worker directly requesting that they follow the link and book online for a test with availability open for the following 2-days at sites across the region, including the Copeland Red Hub in Whitehaven. Time slots can be booked convenient to the person being tested and they will receive confirmation of their booking.

Please be advised that this booking process applies to the Carleton Clinic, Carlisle and Whitehaven (Copeland Red Hub) sites only, where we are prioritising testing for health and social care staff. 

The drive through testing centre is located at:

Flatt Walks Surgery, 3 Castle Meadows, Whitehaven CA28 7QE
 
For further advice please call 01946 599998.
 
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.

This is being made available by a collaboration between the North Cumbria Primary Care Alliance and North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.


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

If you work in health and care, including workers in social care and in care homes in north Cumbria, there is a central support team which can be contacted on email: necsu.covid19keyworkertesting@nhs.net or 0191 691 3656.


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

  • Locally agreed arrangements to test residents and staff of Cumbrian residential or nursing homes that have been developed between Public Health England, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health and the local health and care system.  Community health teams perform the swabbing, and the laboratory testing is done locally.
  • NHS Trust staff should continue to access testing through their own organisation. 
  • Some GPs may offer swabbing to their patients through their local red hub.
     

Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Slattery, Chair of Cumbria’s Strategic Co-ordination Group, said:

“We now have a mix of nationally and locally-led testing facilities in place that means Cumbria has good capacity to test and I would encourage those who are eligible to get tested wherever possible. 

“We recognise that there are a range of different to access testing and this could seem daunting , but in summary people can either book their own test via the government website, or speak to their employer and ask them to book a test on their behalf at one of the other local facilities. All the information people need is on the website.”


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