Drive through swab testing centre for health and care staff

Drive through swab testing centre for health and care staff

April 18, 2020

A drive through testing centre for health and care staff is now available at Ikea car park in Gateshead.

This testing service is available to all health and care staff (including independent contractors) working in the Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Tees Valley (Darlington, South Tees, Hartlepool and Stockton), although foundation trust colleagues should continue to use testing facilities provided by their own organisations.

Eligibility is being able to access the site by car and be:

A key worker who has symptoms of COVID-19 and are following government guidelines on self-isolating;


A member of a health and care key worker’s household (over 18) who has symptoms of COVID-19, and the key worker is following government guidelines and self-isolating.

Once tested, swabs will be sent to a testing lab and staff will receive their results within 48 hours. Staff are asked to inform their employer of their results and their employer will advise on the next steps.

It is critical that only eligible individuals are sent to test centers for COVID-19 testing. This is to ensure efficacy of the test itself, and to ensure that all tests are being used to help get key workers who are isolating back to work.

To book a test please email and include in the body of the email

  • Name
  • Address
  • Organisation
  • Contact Number
  • Email address (which can be accessed from home).

You will then be contacted by phone and the first available appointment booked – so please make sure your phone is near you!

Please do not just turn up without a pre-booked appointment.

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