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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Get a PCR test


You should get a free PCR test if you have COVID symptoms.

For a full list of who can get a PCR test, visit GOV.UK: Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19).

Get a test

Visit the government website to:

  • order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home, or
  • book an appointment at a test site

See: GOV.UK: Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tests for children

COVID-19 tests are available to children. It is important children are tested if they have symptoms.

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

Symptoms and self-isolating

For advice, visit the NHS website: 

NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Test sites in South Tyneside

Local testing sites

There are two local testing sites - there is a site in South Shields and a site in Jarrow. 

Do not go to a test site without booking. 

See: Local testing sites

Mobile testing unit

There is also a mobile testing unit at Temple Park Centre car park, South Shields.

Do not go to a mobile test site without booking.

The unit is open Monday to Friday.

See: Temple Park Centre location on Google Maps

What to do with your result

Most people get their result the next day, but it may take up to 3 days.

You'll usually get a text or email with your result when it's ready.

Visit the NHS website for advice on what your result means, and what to do after you get your result: 

See: NHS: Your coronavirus test result

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