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Accessing twice weekly rapid COVID-19 tests – residents with no symptoms

As announced by the Prime Minister all people in England without symptoms will now be able to access twice-weekly rapid tests for coronavirus from 9 April.

Twice-weekly rapid testing is a vital tool in helping to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find. With 1 in 3 people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, twice-weekly rapid testing enables us to find these cases and prevent the spread of infection.

We’d encourage everyone in North Tyneside to get into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives. Testing will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe and alongside the vaccine ensures we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown.

We want to make testing as easy as possible and you can access FREE tests via a variety of ways in North Tyneside including:

  • Community testing onsite and community collect at the Riverside Centre, North Shields you can get an assisted test by booking an appointment here. Alternatively, you can pick up a box of tests to use at home from the centre (from 12 April).
  • Pharmacy collect free tests can be picked up from pharmacies across North Tyneside. Over the coming weeks more and more pharmacies will be signing up. NHS England’s site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect Pharmacy collect sites
  • NHS Test & Trace sites: The Parks Leisure Centre and Coronation Street operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning, but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of rapid tests to use at home. 2.30pm – 8pm no appointment needed.
  • Workplace testing: Lots of employers across North Tyneside are offering testing, so if your employer offers workplace testing this is a great route for you to access rapid tests.
  • Education: Staff in all schools and secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.
  • Postal kits – LFD Direct: For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home. Postal Lateral Flow Tests

Tests for people with symptoms

Rapid tests should not be used by anyone who has coronavirus symptoms. If anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms they should get a PCR test to check if you have coronavirus or by ringing 119.

Anyone with symptoms should continue to use the in-person PCR testing sites at The Parks, North Shields, and Coronation Street car park, Wallsend.