Coronavirus testing centre to open at Sunderland leisure complex - this is who is eligible and how to book a slot

A mobile Covid-19 testing unit will be open on Friday, June 5, for essential workers and family members who have coronavirus symptoms.

Friday, 5th June 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 11:35 am

The testing centre will open at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre in Silksworth Lane between 10.30am and 3.30pm on Friday.

The mobile testing site is part of a network of drive-through regional testing sites which respond to need, travelling to test essential workers and those who live with an essential worker.

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File picture: Cars at the mobile test centre in Silksworth.

Essential workers and members of their household with coronavirus symptoms are eligible for a Covid-19 test which can be booked online in advance.

Anyone who is eligible to be tested you must book a time slot on line and cannot arrive without an appointment.

Coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.

When to apply for a test?

Previous picture shows the mobile testing centre at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre. Photo by Ian Maggiore.

Apply within the first three days of having symptoms. The test is best taken within five days of symptoms starting.

Everyone who applies might not get a test - it depends how many tests are available in the area.

Anyone applying for a test for someone else who is aged 13 and over must check that they are happy to apply.

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of the nose and the back of the throat, using a long cotton bud.

To book a test click here.

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