COVID-19 Community Testing Sites

COVID-19 Lateral Flow Community Testing Sites: Phase 1

Lateral flow community testing is now available to the public. 

Lateral Flow tests give a result in 30 minutes and help identify asymptomatic carriers, people who do have COVID-19 and are infectious but are not ill. These people can then self-isolate to protect others.

The testing sites are open to any essential workers who cannot work from home and come into regular contact with other people through their job, and who do not have covid-19 symptoms. 

The tests are free and no booking is required, but please note the sites are only open at the times stated. You don't need an appointment - please just arrive at the testing site between the stated times below.

Please note, the testing sites will not be open outside of these times. 

Aspatria: Beacon Hill School, Market Square, Aspatria, Wigton CA7 3EZ

  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 


Barrow:
Furness Academy Park Drive, Barrow-In-Furness, LA13 9BB

  • Tuesday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 
  • Thursday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 


Carlisle:
Trinity School Sports Hall, Strand Rd, Carlisle CA1 1JB

  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 
  • Wednesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 


Dalton:
Dowdales School, Dalton-In-Furness, LA15 8AH (Please Park at bottom and walk up drive)

  • Monday 4.15pm to 6.30pm 
  • Thursday 4.15pm to 6.30pm 


Kendal:
Queen Katherine School, Appleby Rd, Kendal LA9 6PJ 

  • Thursdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 
  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 


Millom:
Millom School, Salthouse Road, Millom, LA18 5AB

  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 
  • Wednesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 


Milnthorpe:
Dallam School, Haverflatts Lane, Milnthorpe, LA7 7DD

  • Tuesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm


Penrith:
Ullswater Community College, Wetheriggs Lane, Penrith, CA11 8NG

  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 
  • Wednesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 


Sedbergh:
Settlebeck School, Long Lane, Sedbergh, LA10 5AL

  • Monday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 


Whitehaven:
St Benedicts School, Red Lonning, Whitehaven, CA28 8UG

  • Wednesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 


Workington:
Workington Academy, Stainburn Rd, Workington, CA14 4EB

  • Monday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 
  • Thursday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 


To attend a site and be tested:

  • No appointment is necessary - please just arrive at the testing site between times stated.
  • Please wear a face covering unless you have a medical exemption. 
  • Please note, the testing sites will not be open outside these times.    

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, please do not attend the test site, but instead book a test online or by calling 119.

  • Around 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading the virus without realising it
  • The rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests, which provide results within an hour, are being used to proactively test asymptomatic individuals
  • This will help to identify those who unknowingly have the virus and help those who test positive and their contacts to self-isolate, which can help drive down the R rate locally and save lives
  • A Lateral Flow Test detects the presence or absence of coronavirus from a swab or saliva sample
  • It takes less than 15 minutes to register and administer the test. After leaving the test site a result will be provided in around 30 minutes
  • Your result will be sent to you by SMS and/or e-mail - you will be asked for these contact details on registration.  You will get the results at the latest within a day of the test
  • If you do not receive your result within 24 hours, please let us know at ask.lft@cumbria.gov.uk
  • If you test positive with the lateral flow test you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Eligible individuals who test positive will be entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace. Please note the government has laid down eligibility criteria
  • If you test negative with the lateral flow test you will need to continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus - to protect yourself and others, you must remember important social distancing should continue: Hands. Face. Space


If you have any queries, please email the project team at ask.LFT@cumbria.gov.uk