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Get a coronavirus test


If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

Check if you or your child has symptoms

Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you have them - NHS: Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms.

Get a test

You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus. Find out who can get a test, when to get a test, what the test involves and how to get help with the test - NHS: Get a test to check if you have coronavirus.

Testing is quick and easy.  It is available seven days a week at local sites across the county and the wider region. When you book an appointment you will be advised what sites are open and where appointments are available that day.  If you can't get to a testing centre, you can request a home testing kit.

Find out about getting your test result and what your test result means - NHS: Your coronavirus test result.

Permanent testing sites in the county

As well as mobile testing sites which visit different parts of the county each day, we now have three permanent walk-in local testing sites - Riverside South car park in Chester-le-Street; and Territorial Lane and the northern car park at County Hall in Durham City. Appointments are available from 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week. The centres are pedestrian access only and have accommodation and shelter for those being tested.

The site in the northern car park at County Hall has its own pedestrian entrance. Please go direct to the testing site cabins in the northern car park - do not go into County Hall.

Appointments should be booked through NHS: Get a test to check if you have coronavirus or by calling 119. Results can be as quick as the following day and there is additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

Testing and tracing

Find out about the NHS Test and Trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Self-isolation and treating symptoms

If you have to stay in your home to protect you from contracting coronavirus, and you don't have friends, family or neighbours to help, we can put you in touch with organisations who'll be able to help you through this time. See our Get help if you're self-isolating page.

You can also get advice about staying at home and treatment for you and anyone you live with from NHS: Self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms.

No symptom tests

Lateral flow device tests are available for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms but still want to be tested on a regular basis. See our Lateral flow device testing page for more information.

Download the NHS Covid-19 app

The new NHS Covid-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. See NHS: Download the NHS COVID-19 app today.

Ask a question

If this page doesn't answer your question, you can use our COVID-19 general enquiry form and we will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

Contact us
County Durham Together Community Hub
03000 260 260
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