Asymptomatic testing in Newcastle

Asymptomatic testing in Newcastle

You can get rapid lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 (‘asymptomatic’). One in three people who have COVID-19 do not show any symptoms. LFD testing helps us to identify and isolate these people, reducing the spread of COVID-19 to others. 

Even if you're vaccinated, you could still catch the virus or pass it on. Doing rapid tests helps to protect yourself and others.

LFD tests can be done yourself at home and you get the results within 30 minutes.

If you do have symptoms of Covid-19, or your LFD test result is positive, you must immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test from the Government website.


Please note the requirement to take a confirmatory PCR test following a positive LFD test result is being temporarily removed. From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.


When to do rapid LFD tests

Do LFD tests on days when you're more likely to catch or spread COVID-19.

For example, do a test before you:

You should also do daily rapid tests (1 a day for 7 days) if you've been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and are either:

  • fully vaccinated
  • under 18 years and 6 months old

Find out more about daily testing on GOV.UK.

How to get rapid LFD tests

There are three ways to access Lateral Flow Device or Home Test kits:

  1. Find your nearest Community Collect location. Anyone can go to any of these sites and ask for a free box of LFD Home Test kits for themselves or family. We have established locations across the city so there will be one near you.

There are several Community Collect locations open over the Christmas and New Year period:

City Library New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AX Mon, Wed and Fri 10am to 5pm, Tue and Thu 10am to 7pm, Sat 10am to 4pm
Grainger Market Grainger Market Inspectors Office, Alley 2 Grainger Street
Newcastle upon Tyne 
NE1 5QQ  Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Monday – Friday
Newcastle West End Foodbank Foodbank Centre
331 Benwell Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne

NE15 6LX Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 5:00 and
Friday 9:00 to 4:00
Newcastle West End Foodbank - Distribution The Bede Church
West Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

NE4 8AQ  
George Street Social 45-51 George Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 7JN Mon-Friday 8:00-4:00pm
The Peoples Kitchen  Alison Centre
56 Bath Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 5SQ Monday - Friday 7:00 - 8:15pm
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 - 11:15am
Awaiting confirmation
East End Food Bank - Distribution  c/o Newcastle West End Foodbank
Heaton Baptists’ Church
Heaton Road 


NE6 5HN  
c/o Newcastle West End Foodbank St Silas Church
Clifford Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Civic Centre The Arches Reception Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8QH Opening hours: 08:30 to 16:30 Monday – Friday
St. Martins Centre Roman Avenue
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 2RJ Mon-Friday 08:30-17:00 Sat 10-12:00
Riverside Community Health Project Main Suite
Carnegie Building
Atkinson Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

NE4 8XS Mon-Friday 9.00am-4.00pm
The Lemington Centre - HEALTHWORKS Tyne View
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 8RZ   Mon- Fri 08:00-20:00 and Sat 09:00-13:00
The Health Resource Centre
Adelaide Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8BE  Mon- Fri 08:00-20:00 and Sat 09:00-13:00
WERS - West End Refugee Service St Phillip’s Vicarage
Arthurs Hill
St Phillip’s Close
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 5JE Monday 10.00-1.00pm
Wednesday 10.00-1.00pm
Thursday 9.00am-2pm
Westgate College West Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 9LU Monday to Friday 08.30-4.30pm
Building Futures East Low Yard, White Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 3PJ Monday to Friday 7:30 to 5.00pm
Fenham Library Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 9XD Mon-1.30pm-5.00pm
Tuesday – 10.00-1.00pm & 1.30pm-3.00pm
Wednesday 10.00-5.00pm
Thursday – 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Friday – 10.00-1.00pm & 1.30pm-5.00pm
Saturday – 10.00am – 2.00pm


  1. Pick up free LFD Home Test kits from a pharmacy. All of the pharmacies where you can collect LFD kits are listed on the website where you can put in your postcode and find your nearest pharmacy. If unsure, please ask for your free home test kit at any pharmacy near you and they will help you.
  2. If you are not able to get to a Community Collect location or a pharmacy, you can order a Home Test Kit by post. Enter your details and normally you will receive it within 24 / 48 hours.

Contact 119 if you need support ordering or accessing test kits and for language support if English is not your first language. 

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