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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


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 


Where can I get a test?

Testing is available 7 days a week at Carlisle 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 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.
April: Tue 6, Wed 7, Tue 13, Wed 14, Tue 20, Wed 21, Tue 27,  Wed 28

Barrow (BAE)
Waterfront Car Park at the Resolution Building, Michaelson Road,
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2TF
April: 8, 15, 22, 29

Egremont (RUFC)
Egremont RUFC, Bleach Green, Egremont, CA22 2NL
April: Fri 9, Sun 11, Fri 16, Sun 18, Fri 23, Sun 25, Fri 30​​​​​​​

Haverigg
Millom RUFC - Millom LA18 4GY
April: Thu 8, Mon 12, Thu 15, Mon 19, Thu 22, Mon 26, Thu 29​​​​​​​

Kirkby Stephen
Upper Eden RUFC Westgarth road, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4TF
April: Wed 7, Fri 9, Sat 10, Wed 14, Fri 16, Mon 19, Wed 21, Fri 23, Sat 24, Mon 26, Wed 28, Fri 30​​​​​​​

Lillyhall
County Council Highways Depot Parking Services, 1 Joseph Noble Rd, Workington, CA14 4JH
April: Sat 10, Sun 11, Sat 17, Sun 18, Sat 24, Sun 25

 

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 behind the County Offices, off Busher Walk in Kendal.

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. 

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)

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 Community Testing Sites

This is regular quick turnaround testing for asymptomatic staff  of small firms and organisations.

COVID-19 Lateral Flow Community Testing Sites: Phase 1

Lateral flow community testing is now available to the public. 

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

The testing sites are open to any essential workers who cannot work from home and come into regular contact with other people through their job, and who do not have covid-19 symptoms. 

The tests are free and no booking is required, but please note the sites are only open at the times stated. You don't need an appointment - please just arrive at the testing site between the stated times below.

Please note, the testing sites will not be open outside of these times. 

Aspatria: Beacon Hill School, Market Square, Aspatria, Wigton CA7 3EZ
•    Saturdays 09:15 - 12:30

Barrow:
Furness Academy Park Drive, Barrow-In-Furness, LA13 9BB
•    Tuesday 17.15 – 19.30 
•    Thursday 17.15 – 19.30

Carlisle
: Trinity School Sports Hall, Strand Rd, Carlisle CA1 1JB
•    Saturdays 09:15 - 12:30 
•    Wednesdays 17:15 - 19:30
 

Dalton: Dowdales School, Dalton-In-Furness, LA15 8AH (Please Park at bottom and walk up drive)
    Monday 16.15 – 18.30 
•    Thursday 16.15 – 18.30 


Kendal: Queen Katherine School, Appleby Rd, Kendal LA9 6PJ 
•    Thursdays 17.15 - 19:30 
•    Saturdays 09:15 - 12:30 


Millom: Millom School, Salthouse Road, Millom, LA18 5AB
•    Saturdays 09.15 - 12:30 
•    Wednesdays 17.15 - 19:30

Milnthorpe :
Dallam School, Haverflatts Lane, Milnthorpe, LA7 7DD
•    Tuesdays 17.15 - 19:30 

Penrith: Ullswater Community College, Wetheriggs Lane, Penrith, CA11 8NG
•    Saturdays 09:15 - 12:30 
•    Wednesdays 17:15 - 19:30 


Sedburgh: Settlebeck School, Long Lane, Sedbergh, LA10 5AL
•    Monday  17.15 – 19.30

Whitehaven : St Benedicts School, Red Lonning, Whitehaven, CA28 8UG
•    Wednesdays 17.15 - 19:30

Workington
: Workington Academy, Stainburn Rd, Workington, CA14 4EB
•    Monday  17.15 – 19.30 
•    Thursday 17.15 – 19.30 


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.

 

  • Around 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading the virus without realising it
  • The rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests, which provide results within an hour, are being used to proactively test asymptomatic individuals
  • This will help to identify those who unknowingly have the virus and help those who test positive and their contacts to self-isolate, which can help drive down the R rate locally and save lives
  • A Lateral Flow Test detects the presence or absence of coronavirus from a swab or saliva sample
  • It takes less than 15 minutes to register and administer the test. After leaving the test site a result will be provided in around 30 minutes
  • Your result will be sent to you by SMS and/or e-mail - you will be asked for these contact details on registration.  You will get the results at the latest within a day of the test
  • If you do not receive your result within 24 hours, please let us know at ask.lft@cumbria.gov.uk
  • If you test positive with the lateral flow test you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Eligible individuals who test positive will be entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace. Please note the government has laid down eligibility criteria
  • If you test negative with the lateral flow test you will need to continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus - to protect yourself and others, you must remember important social distancing should continue: Hands. Face. Space

 

If you have any queries, please email the project team at: ask.LFT@cumbria.gov.uk


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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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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