Logo stack for testing 2.png

Testing for Covid-19 is now available to people in Cumbria at a range of locations. Four sites can be accessed through the national government scheme with a further four sites currently testing health and social care staff only (including the independent and voluntary sectors).

Testing is available for:
•    all eligible essential workers,  
•    anyone over 65 with symptoms
•    anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers) 
•    anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus that lives with those identified above
at sites in Penrith, Kendal, Preston and Gateshead.

Eligible health and social care staff can also access local testing centres in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal, Lancaster and Whitehaven.

You must go through the process to secure an appointment – if you turn up without an appointment you will NOT be tested.

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.

Essential workers are defined here: A full list can be found here

It includes:

•    All health and social care staff, including hospital, community and primary care, and staff providing support to frontline NHS services and voluntary workers (NHS Trust staff should use their own organisation’s testing processes)

•    police, fire and rescue services

•    local authority staff, including those working with vulnerable children, adults and victims of domestic abuse, and those working with the homeless and rough sleepers

•    defence, prisons and probation staff, and judiciary

•    frontline benefits workers and food retailers

A full list of essential workers can be found here


• An essential worker who has been self-isolating for five days or less due to suspected COVID-19 infection,

or;

• A member of an essential worker’s household who has suspected COVID-19 infection and has been self-isolating for five days or less (which has resulted in the member of staff self-isolating as well).
 

• Testing is most effective in the first 3 days of COVID-19 symptoms appearing. Testing is considered effective up until day 5. No testing should be undertaken after day 5, unless for a specific reason.

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

Centres established through the government scheme

Testing is available for anyone who is eligible at sites in Penrith, Kendal, Preston and Gateshead.

These centres are self-referral via: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/

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

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

Phone number for the national testing service: 0800 915 9965

 

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://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/ 


Westmorland General Hospital

Burton Rd, Kendal LA9 7RG

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://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/ 


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://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/ 

 

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://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/ 


Military mobile testing units will be bookable through the national website:
https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/

They will be responsive to need and may appear in locations for several days.


Barrow – BAE site, Waterside car park LA14 2TF
25 May, 26 May, 27 May,

Carlisle - Carlisle Swift Bank Car Park, Swift Bank, Carlisle CA1 1JG
22 May, 23 May, 24 May, 28 May, 29 May, 30 May, 31 May,

Grange-over-Sands - Public car park behind Nutwood Medical Centre,
Kents Bank Road, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 7DJ

27 May, 28 May, 29 May, 30 May,

Kendal - Kendal leisure centre carpark, Burton Rd, Kendal, LA9 7HX
24 May, 25 May, 26 May, 

Keswick - Derwent Pencil Museum, Southy Works, Keswick CA12 5NG
22 May, 23 May, 24 May, 

Kirkby Stephen - Upper Eden RUFC Westgarth road, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4TF
25 May, 26 May, 

Workington – Lillyhall, 
County Council Highways Depot Parking Services, 1 Joseph Noble Rd, Workington CA14 4JX

22 May, 23 May, 28 May, 29 May, 30 May, 31 May


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.

To book via: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/ 

If you are over 65 with symptoms or an essential worker seeking help and advice:
•    Please call 111 or you can check your symptoms with 111's online symptom checker by following this link:
https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
•    If you are unable to book a test online, please call 111 who will be able to help you book a test at the closest available national testing centre. 
•    For more information, please visit the Government's booking site:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested


Health and Care Employer referrals to locally-run testing centres

Eligible health and social care staff can also access testing in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal, Lancaster and Whitehaven.

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

Health and Social Care Employers - including the independent and voluntary sector - can book a test for a member of their team at these centres. 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 at Carleton Clinic testing 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 Carleton Clinic in Carlisle. 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 site only, where we are prioritising testing for health and social care staff. 

The drive through testing centre is located in : The car park of The Coppice, Carleton Clinic, Cumwhinton Drive, Carlisle, CA1 3XS. This is a collaboration between Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and the North of England Commissioning Support Unit.

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.

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:
•    There is a central support team who can be contacted on email: necsu.covid19keyworkertesting@nhs.net or 0191 691 3656 for any queries related to booking a local test in north Cumbria.


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

•    Locally agreed arrangements to test residents 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. 

•    Other additional temporary testing facilities may also be offered to meet demand – these include mobile testing units operated by the Ministry of Defence which are available to the local area to increase capacity where needed.
 

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.”


Header Image by fernando zhiminaicela from Pixabay