Asymptomatic testing in Newcastle

Asymptomatic testing in Newcastle

Newcastle City Council has implemented a programme of routine asymptomatic community testing, making use of rapid turnaround Lateral Flow Device tests.

Routine testing  helps to identify those individuals who do not have symptoms but are potentially infectious – this will help to reduce the risk of transmission and outbreaks. Two sites are now operational, with one at the Banqueting Hall in the Civic Centre, and another at Westgate College.

Please note from Monday May 17 supervised testing at the Civic Centre will relocate to the Arches Reception and appointments will be paused at Westgate College.

You can also visit these sites to collect home testing kits. Please visit the Government website to find out more about how to order and collect home testing kits.




Please visit the relevant page in the 'Did you know?' section to book an appointment at your preferred location.


Before attending your test:  

  • Face coverings must be worn when attending the test centre. 
  • We advise you do not eat or drink 30minutes before you arrive.  
  • You will need to bring with you a mobile phone or tablet to register the barcode of your test on the NHS website. If you don't have a device we can support you to register your test.   
  • To make recording your tests quicker and easier you can set up an NHS account in advance  online
  • This is not linked to the NHS Covid-19 app.  
  • Your appointment will take 15-30 minutes in total.  
  • Your results will be shared with you within an hour of completing your test by text or email via the NHS.  You do not need to wait for your results.  

 If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should not take part in asymptomatic testing and instead seek a PCR test at a fixed testing site from the Government website



Did you know?

Please visit the relevant page below to book an asymptomatic testing appointment at your preferred location  

Civic Centre 
Before May 17 - Banqueting Hall

Opening hours: 8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

From May 17 - Arches Reception
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday

Westgate College - canteen
Before May 17
Opening hours: 8am-4pm Tuesday and Friday

From May 17
Bookings paused

Please note testing sites will be closed on Bank Holidays.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more about this testing programme

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