COVID-19 update: Rapid result testing now available to all

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Rapid result COVID-19 test centres now open to everyone

Cumbria County Council’s 11 rapid-result COVID-19 test centres are now offering FREE testing to all Cumbrians who want to help keep themselves, their family and those they come into contact with, safe.

Rapid result testing is only for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

People who do have symptoms of coronavirus should book a test at or by calling 119. 

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How it works

The rapid result test centre use Lateral Flow Device tests which are processed on site without needing to be sent to a laboratory. The tests give a result in 30 minutes and help identify asymptomatic carriers, people who do not feel unwell but do have COVID-19 and are infectious. These people can then self-isolate to protect others.

Getting tested is simple and takes about 15 minutes and results are sent by text or email normally within an hour, meaning people don’t have to hang around.

The tests are free and no booking is required, but please note the test sites are located in school premises, so are only open for testing at the times stated.

Watch the demonstration from Abi

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Test centre locations and opening times

NOTE: Easter opening time changes

All sites open as normal except:

  • Dalton, Dowdales School: CLOSED on 5/4/21 and 15/4/21
  • Workington, Workington Academy: CLOSED on 5/4/21, 8/4/21 and 12/4/21
  • Barrow, Furness Academy: CLOSED on 1/4/21 and TIME CHANGE to 12.15-15:00 on 6/4/21, 8/4/21, 13/4/21 and 15/4/21

Normal opening times

Aspatria: Beacon Hill School, Market Square, Aspatria, Wigton CA7 3EZ

  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 

 Furness Academy Park Drive, Barrow-In-Furness, LA13 9BB

  • Tuesday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 
  • Thursday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 

 Trinity School Scout Hut, Strand Rd, Carlisle CA1 1JB

  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 
  • Wednesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 

 Dowdales School, Dalton-In-Furness, LA15 8AH (Please Park at bottom and walk up drive)

  • Monday 4.15pm to 6.30pm 
  • Thursday 4.15pm to 6.30pm 

 Queen Katherine School, Appleby Rd, Kendal LA9 6PJ 

  • Thursdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 
  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 

 Millom School, Salthouse Road, Millom, LA18 5AB

  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 
  • Wednesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 

 Tristrams Sports Field, Heversham, Milnthorpe, LA7 7EW

  • Tuesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm

 Ullswater Community College, Wetheriggs Lane, Penrith, CA11 8NG

  • Saturdays 9.15am to 12.30pm 
  • Wednesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 

 Settlebeck School, Long Lane, Sedbergh, LA10 5AL

  • Monday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 

 St Benedicts School, Red Lonning, Whitehaven, CA28 8UG

  • Wednesdays 5.15pm to 7.30pm 

 Workington Academy, Stainburn Rd, Workington, CA14 4EB

  • Monday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 
  • Thursday 5.15pm to 7.30pm 


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Colin Cox, Cumbria's Director of Public Health

 “Mass Lateral Flow Testing of those without symptoms is a key part of the national and local strategy for preventing the spread of Covid, getting us out of lockdown and keeping case rates low to avoid another wave.

 “With lockdown restrictions easing a little and people coming into more contact with others, this is the next phase of our testing strategy to open these test centres up to the whole population. Some people might need a regular test because of their job or work they do in the community, others might want the reassurance of a test before meeting with family and friends, or after coming into contact with others, especially if they are vulnerable.

“There is a lot of misinformation online about Lateral Flow Tests, but we are confident they are a credible tool to help fight the virus. They pick up the majority of cases where people are likely to be infectious, and the rate of false positives is low – and positive cases are now all being checked and confirmed by a PCR test as well. So I’d encourage people to take up the offer of getting tested regularly, which alongside maintaining good social distancing, wearing face coverings and hand washing will go a long way to protect yourself and others and keep the rate of transmission low.”

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