How do I get a COVID-19 test?

You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) through the National Health Service

You can get a free NHS test if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you're getting a test for someone you live with who has symptoms
  • you have been told to get a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
  • your local council asks you to get a test
  • you're taking part in a Government pilot project

Only get a test if you have Coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.

If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

Important notice:

You should let us know as soon as possible if you are having to self-isolate by completing this online form.

If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until the next working day (Monday-Friday) – call us:

  • Between 10am and 4pm (Monday - Friday) and 11am - 2pm (Saturday and Sunday) call the COVID Enquiry Line on 0191 222 5101

Outside of these hours call Security on 0191 208 6817 (available 24/7)