If you don't have symptoms of coronavirus

Find out about free, regular, rapid testing for people without symptoms of Covid-19 - available to everyone in Northumberland from 9 April.

Everyone in Northumberland is now able to access free, regular, rapid testing. Residents without symptoms of Covid-19 can access rapid lateral flow tests (LFDs) for themselves and their families to use at home twice a week, in line with government guidance.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 – such as a new and continuous cough, loss of taste and smell, or a temperature should book a test online or by calling 119.
 

How can I access a rapid test?

Rapid tests for people without symptoms will be delivered in a number of ways. Click on the links below to find out more about you can access rapid tests:


Rapid Covid-19 testing for those without symptoms explained

Here are some useful resources to use in your workplace, community centre, businsess or other settings, including:
  • A short video on how to access rapid tests and what do after you receive your test result:
Home test kits are available for collection in Northumberland from local community pharmacies, our symptom-free test sites, and our mobile distribution units (vans).

Home testing kits can be collected by anyone aged over 18 years.
 
If testing at home, take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart). You will need to register your results online here or by calling 119. You should self-isolate if you test positive and arrange to have a follow up PCR test within 2 days of your result, using the same process as someone who has symptoms.


Collect from community pharmacies:

Click here to find out which community pharmacies are offering home test kits for collection.


Collect from community venues in Northumberland:

  • Blyth Isabella Centre
  • Briardale House Blyth
  • Buffalo Centre - Blyth
  • Blyth Food Bank
  • Cornhill Shop - Cornhill on Tweed
  • Embleton Village Shop
  • Glanton Village Shop
  • Humshaugh Village Shop
  • Wooler Community Centre
  • Linton Post Office
  • Hirst Full Food Circle - Ashington
  • Wansbeck Valley Food Bank - Northgate
  • Lowick Tea Rooms
  • YMCA - Ashington

Collect from our Mobile Distribution Units (vans)

We have vehicles across Northumberland that you can visit to collect Covid test kits to do at home. If your local community pharmacy does not offer collection of home test kits, check this page to see if one of our vans is near you. Tests are available for collection Monday - Friday (vans are not operational on weekends or bank holidays).
 
Please note: Routes change each week. We will include information about where each van will be for the current week. This information will be updated regularly.
 

Where can I collect tests this week (from Monday 13 September)?

VAN 1 (North Northumberland)

  Monday 13 Sept Tuesday 14 Sept* Wednesday 15 Sept* Thursday 16 Sept* Friday 17 Sept
*AM (9:00am - 12noon) Berwick – Castlegate car park Widdrington Community Centre/
Library car park
(9am – 10.30am) 
 
Cresswell – Drift Cafe (11.00am – 12.30pm) 
Berwick -  Castlegate car park Alnwick - Market Square (9am - 12noon)
 
Rothbury – Front Street
*PM (1:30pm - 4:30pm) Beadnell – Near Caravan Park

Amble - Harbour car park

Bamburgh –
Front Street
Amble – Harbour car park Seahouses – Station Yard
car park

*Different time slots for Tuesday (AM) & Thursday (AM)

VAN 2 (Central and West Northumberland)

  Monday 13 Sept Tuesday 14 Sept* Wednesday 15 Sept Thursday 16 Sept Friday 17 Sept
*AM (9.30am - 12 noon) Morpeth –
Market Place
Hexham - Market Square (9am - 12noon) Haltwhistle – Main Street Ponteland – Merton Way South car park

Hexham – Market Square

*PM (1:30pm - 4.30pm) Ponteland – Merton Way South car park Prudhoe - The Glade Haydon Bridge – Church Street  Morpeth –
Market Place
Corbridge – Market Place

*Different time slot for Tuesday (AM)

VAN 3 (South East Northumberland)

  Monday 13 Sept Tuesday 14 Sept Wednesday 15 Sept* Thursday 16 Sept* Friday 17 Sept
*AM (9.30am - 12 noon) Bedlington - Back of Front Street Cramlington - Manor Walks, south mall entrance  Seaton Sluice – Fountain Head car park (9am – 10.15am)

Seaton Sluice Community Centre (10.45am -12noon)
 
Ashington - Station Road (8.45am - 11.30am)
Blyth – Front of Keel Row, Regent Street Entrance
 
PM (1:30pm - 4.30pm) Ashington - Station Road Blyth – Dave Stephens Centre/ Coastline chip shop Newbiggin – Band Stand near Bertorellis Bedlington – LIDL car park Cramlington - Manor Walks, south mall entrance

*Different time slots for Wednesday (AM) & Thursday (AM)
 

Where can I collect tests next week (from Monday 20 September)?

VAN 1 (North Northumberland)

  Monday 20 Sept Tuesday 21 Sept* Wednesday 22 Sept* Thursday 23 Sept* Friday 24 Sept
*AM (9:00am - 12noon) Berwick – Castlegate car park Warkworth - Main Street
(9am – 10.30am) 
 
Alnmouth - Marine Road (11am – 12.30pm) 
Berwick -  Castlegate car park Alnwick - Market Square
 
Rothbury – Front Street
*PM (1:30pm - 4:30pm) Beadnell – Near Caravan Park

Amble - Harbour

Felton - Main Street (1.30pm - 2.45pm)

Longhorsley – Shoulder of Mutton Pub 
(3.15pm – 4.30pm) 
Amble – Harbour Seahouses – Station Yard
car park

*Different time slots for Tuesday (AM) & Wednesday (PM)

VAN 2 (Central and West Northumberland)

  Monday 20 Sept Tuesday 21 Sept* Wednesday 22 Sept* Thursday 23 Sept* Friday 24 Sept
*AM (9.30am - 12 noon) Morpeth –
Market Place
Hexham - Market Square (9am - 12noon) Matfen –
Outside village hall
(9am – 10.30am)

Stamfordham –
Bay Horse Pub
(10.45am - 12.15pm)
Ponteland – Merton Way South car park

Hexham – Market Square

*PM (1:30pm - 4.30pm) Ponteland – Merton Way South car park Prudhoe - The Glade Otterburn –
Otterburn Mill (1.30pm - 4pm) 
Morpeth –
Market Place (1.30pm - 4pm)
Corbridge – Market Place

*Different time slot for Tuesday (AM), Wednesday (AM & PM), Thursday (PM)

VAN 3 (South East Northumberland)

  Monday 20 Sept Tuesday 21 Sept Wednesday 22 Sept* Thursday 23 Sept Friday 24 Sept
*AM (9.30am - 12 noon) Bedlington - Back of Front Street Cramlington - Manor Walks, south mall entrance  Seaton Sluice – Fountain Head car park (9am – 10.15am)

Seaton Sluice Community Centre (10.45am -12noon)
 
Ashington - Station Road 
Blyth – Front of Keel Row, Regent Street Entrance
 
PM (1:30pm - 4.30pm) Ashington - Station Road Blyth – Dave Stephens Centre/ Coastline chip shop Newbiggin – Band Stand near Bertorellis Bedlington – LIDL car park Cramlington - Manor Walks, south mall entrance

*Different time slots for Wednesday (AM) 


How to self-test at home

Watch this helpful video on how to use rapid Covid-19 tests at home:

You can also book on-site, in-person tests at our symptom-free testing site in Ashington (Monday, 9am - 12noon).


Please note: Rapid testing has been available in some of the county’s leisure centres, but due to lack of demand at some locations, the service is now taking the form of a roving model for home test kit distribution making it even easier for people to access tests. Click here to learn more.
 

To book a symptom-free, in-person test, please click here.

 
Testing centres are open at: 
  • Ashington Leisure Centre, Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, NE63 9JY (Monday, 9am - 12noon). Please note: tests are not available at this site on Monday 30 August, due to the bank holiday weekend.
 

Before you attend an appointment at a symptom-free testing site

  • Face coverings must be worn, unless exempt, when attending the test centre 
  • We advise you not to eat or drink during the 30 minutes before you arrive.    
  • You will need to bring with you a mobile phone or tablet to register the barcode of your test on the NHS website. If you don't have a device we can support you to register your test.     
  • To make recording your tests quicker and easier you can set up an NHS account in advance at this link. This is not linked to the NHS Covid-19 app. 
  • Your appointment will take 15-30 minutes in total. 
  • Your results will be shared with you within an hour of completing your test by text or email via the NHS. You do not need to wait for your results. 


Symptom-free testing sites - Your questions answered 

Please click on the questions below to reveal the answers: 

Appointments must be booked in advance. 

You can find available times on the online booking form - click here.

 

The result of your test will be confirmed to you digitally via SMS text message or email once it has been processed. This usually takes an hour. You do not need to wait for your result.  
If you have a query relating to your result, please dial 119 – individual test results are not held by Northumberland County Council.
Anyone who has a positive lateral flow test at an assisted testing site is required by law to self-isolate, will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will have access to self-isolation support payments subject to eligibility. You should also arrange to take a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible and within 2 days of your positive lateral flow test.
No, if you have symptoms do not use this site.
 
Anyone with a high temperature, a new or continuous cough, or a loss or change to your senses of taste or smell must book a test through the government website - click here to book a test if you have symptoms.
Yes, because there may still be a risk of people who have been vaccinated being able to transmit the virus to others who may be at an increased risk of becoming seriously ill. 
If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 by PCR you do not need to perform LFD testing for a period of 90 days after the positive PCR result. This is because the LFD test may give a false positive result if you have recently had Covid 19, resulting in unnecessary further testing and self-isolation for you and your household. 
It is recommended that when participating in routine asymptomatic testing you should book two appointments per week. Try to make them between 3 and 5 days apart where possible.
No, symptom-free testing is optional but encouraged as it helps break the chain of transmission and help keep vital services going.
Those attending appointments are requested to bring an internet-enabled device with them, such as a smartphone or tablet, if they are able to do so.
 
To make recording your tests quicker and easier you can set up an NHS account in advance via this link. This is not linked to the NHS Covid-19 app.
 
Please remember face coverings must be worn, unless exempt, when attending the test centre.    
We advise you not to eat or drink in the 30 minutes before you arrive.
Yes, we will be able to help you to register your test barcode at your appointment.
No, you only need to be able to visit this website to register your test. There is no link between this and the Covid-19 app.