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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Testing


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Got symptoms? Get a test 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you must book a test. 

Tests are reserved for people who have COVID-19 symptoms.

The test may feel a bit uncomfortable, but it shouldn't hurt or be painful.

For advice on symptoms, self-isolating and more, visit NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19).

How to get a test

Tests are available for people with symptoms.

You must book before going to any test site. 

Book a test on the Government website:

GOV.UK: Get a COVID-19 test

Where you can get a test in South Tyneside

You must book before going to any test site.

Testing appointments are available for residents with symptoms at:

All of these test sites have a number of appointments available and increased capacity. To book a test visit GOV.UK: Get a COVID-19 test.

Who can get a test

You should only get a test if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 and someone you live with doesn't, they shouldn't get a test but should self-isolate. If they don't get symptoms, they could be asymptomatic. This means they could still spread the virus around but are not necessarily sick.


The COVID-19 tests in the UK are available to children. It is important children are tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 as they are less likely to be wearing masks.

The at-home tests, which involve a nasal and throat swab, should be carried out by an adult on children aged 11 and under.

Getting a test for someone you live with

You can get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

Government advice is that you shouldn't order tests for people you live with who do not have symptoms.

If you are worried about not getting paid if you need to self-isolate

If you're asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and you're on a low income, unable to work from home and will lose income as a result, you may be able to get a payment of £500 from the Council.

Find out more about the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.

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