Testing for people without Covid-19 symptoms
Regular rapid testing for people without Covid-19 symptoms
We know that not everyone who has Covid-19 feels unwell. Regular testing of people who don't have any symptoms helps find people who might be carrying and spreading the virus without knowing it and helps stop the spread.
This testing is only for people who DO NOT have symptoms of coronavirus. If you have symptoms check the Got Symptoms? Get a Test information.
Who can get symptom free testing and how?
We'd encourage everyone in Sunderland 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 programme ensures we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown. You should take part in regular testing even if you have been vaccinated as you could still be carrying the virus and pass it on.
We want to make testing as easy as possible and you can access FREE tests in a number of ways in Sunderland, so just choose the one which works for you!
Community testing site and community collect
Anyone aged 16 and over who does not have access to regular testing through their workplace or another means can access rapid lateral flow tests through Sunderland's Community Testing programme. We've got test sites at locations across the city and you can get an assisted test or pick up a box of tests to take home. We'd recommend you get an assisted test first so you can be shown the correct way to test before you test yourself at home. You must book an appointment for an assisted test using the Book an appointment for COVID-19 test form.
Free tests can be picked up from pharmacies across Sunderland. 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. Go to Find a test centre (test-and-trace.nhs.uk.
NHS Test & Trace sites
On afternoons ONLY you can collect rapid tests to use at home from symptomatic testing sites at Johnson Street Car Park, SR1 3QQ and Commercial Road Car Park, SR2 8PX. Do not visit a collection point outside of collection opening hours, as the sites will be in use for testing people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times. Find your nearest home test kit collection point and check opening times.
Lots of employers across Sunderland are offering this type of regular testing either at the workplace or through the provision of home test kits, so check with your employer to see if you can get access to regular tests at work.
Staff in all schools and secondary and college students are given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.
Postal kits - LFD Direct
People who can't access tests thorough other routes can order a box of tests for home delivery. Go to Order rapid lateral flow home test kits.
Important information about your result
If you test positive you and everyone you live with will need to self-isolate immediately and you should get a follow up PCR test as soon as possible and no later than within 2 days of the positive LFD test. While waiting for your follow-up PCR test result you and your household members should continue to self-isolate.
The follow-up PCR test can be booked at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. You must follow the advice you receive when you get the result of your PCR test, if that is positive then you will need to continue to self-isolate by law for 10 days and everyone you live with must also self-isolate for 10 days.
If you test negative a negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all current rules and hands, face, space, fresh air guidance to help stop the spread.