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:
Home test kits are available for collection in Northumberland from our symptom-free test sites.

The table below shows where and when you can collect home tests:

Collection points Collection times

Ashington Leisure Centre, Lintonville Terrace,  Ashington, NE63 9JY

Monday 9am –7pm 
Tuesday 9am – 4pm 
Wednesday CLOSED 
Thursday 9am – 7pm 
Friday 9am – 12.15pm 
Willowburn Leisure Centre,  Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick, NE66 2JH
Wentworth Leisure Centre, Wentworth Place,  Hexham, NE46 3PD
Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth NE24 1DJ
Tuesday 9am – 12pm
Wednesday 1pm – 4.30pm 
Friday 1pm – 4.30pm
Berwick Childrens Centre, Ladywell Place, Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2AE Monday – Friday, 9am – 4.30pm

Home testing kits can be collected by anyone aged over 18 years.
If testing at home, you will need to register your results online 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.
You can also book on-site, in-person tests at one of our symptom-free testing sites.

To book a symptom-free test at one of the sites, please click here.

Testing centres are open at: 
  • Ashington Leisure Centre, Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, NE63 9JY  
  • Willowburn Leisure Centre, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick, NE66 2JH  
  • Wentworth  Leisure Centre, Wentworth Place,  Hexham, NE46 3PD  
  • Berwick Childrens Centre, Ladywell Place, Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2AE

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. 

Ashington, Alnwick and Hexham opening times:

Monday 9am –7pm 
Tuesday 9am – 4pm 
Wednesday CLOSED 
Thursday 9am – 7pm 
Friday 9am – 12.15pm 

Berwick opening times:

Monday – Friday, 9am – 4.30pm
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.