Book a Coronavirus Test
Collecting rapid home testing kits
You can collect two packs of home testing kits at one of three collection points in Redcar and Cleveland:
- South Bank Library - Open 9am-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-5pm on Wednesday and 9:30am-12:30pm on Saturday.
- Redcar Library - Open 9am-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-am-5pm on Thursday and 9:30am-12:30pm on Saturday.
- Loftus Library - Open 9am-5pm on Monday, 10am-4pm on Wednesday, 10am-5pm on Thursday and Friday, and 9:30am-12:30pm on Saturday.
Each pack contains seven tests, and can be collected by anyone aged 18 or over.
Childminders fall under the eligibility criteria for Community Collect, which is Adults in households and support or childcare bubbles of staff, parents and carers of children at nursery, primary and secondary schools and colleges, as well as those in related occupations e.g. school bus drivers
The collection points will be open from 1:30pm to 7pm, and you do not need to make an appointment. You can find your nearest collection point online. You can also check online if the location is open, or busy, before you go.
Do not visit a collection point outside of the opening hours (1:30pm to 7pm), as the site will be testing people with coronavirus symptoms.
Asymptomatic means you are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms.
The tests are aimed at key workers and people who cannot work from home. Only people without Covid-19 symptoms should attend. Around one third of people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms and can pass the virus on to loved ones without knowing it. The tests are quick and easy and results are generally available in around 30 minutes
The tests are for people who do NOT have Covid-19 symptoms.
You must NOT attend if you have Covid-19 symptoms.
How do I book a test if I have symptoms?
People who are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough and change or loss of their sense of taste of smell – must not book a test at any of the Redcar & Cleveland asymptomatic test sites
If you do have symptoms, you can book a Coronavirus test online on the NHS website. Tests at the mobile testing unit (MTU) are booked for either morning or afternoon slots:
•Morning test bookings can be made between 6pm-8pm the night before (i.e. booking between 6pm-8pm on a Thursday evening for a test on Friday morning);
•Afternoon test bookings can be made between 8am-10am on the morning of the day of the test (i.e. booking between 8am-10am on Friday morning for a test on Friday afternoon).
Please use the link below to book a Covid-19 test if you are showing symptoms:
Order home testing kits online
Home testing kits for Covid-19 are now available to everyone in the borough.
Previously, the tests were only available to families with school age children but now everyone is being encouraged to test twice a week.
The home testing, or rapid lateral flow, test kits are for people who do NOT have Covid-19 symptoms (up to one in three carriers of the virus do not display symptoms).
There are three main ways people can get home testing kits:
- The council's testing centres also remain open across the borough and have home testing kits available.
- People may collect from community pharmacies and other approved sites through the NHS. Click this link for a map the sites https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/ or contact your local pharmacy and check.
What twice-weekly rapid testing involves
You will be asked to:
- take a rapid test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart)
- report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test
- report your test result online or by calling 119
What the results will be
If you test positive, or get coronavirus symptoms, you should tell the school and:
A negative result means the test did not find signs of COVID-19. However this does not guarantee that you do not have the virus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including:
- regular handwashing
- social distancing
The testing sites at Belmont and Inspire2Learn remain open seven days a week, 8am-8pm.
The Regional Testing Site has moved to Cannon Park Car Park, Middlesbrough, TS1 1AA
More information and advice is available via www.gov.uk/coronavirus. You can also contact NHS 111 Coronavirus Service for further advice by dialling 111. If reading English is hard for you, the 111 phone service can get an interpreter to help you.
If you experience a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste you should self-isolate immediately and arrange to get a test by dialling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
If you are a vulnerable person who is concerned about going shopping to get essential items, you can contact the Council via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01642 774774.