Covid-19 Testing Opportunities Around Cumbria

A range of locations are now being used around Cumbria to encourage people to access testing for Covid-19 in Cumbria.

As well as established centres in Penrith, Preston and Newcastle, there are also mobile military testing sites that rotate around Cumbria. They are part of the national testing scheme and must be booked through the national online portal on the NHS website.

The mobile military testing units spend two or three days in a community, and rotate locations to ensure access around the county.

Major Alan Goodenough is from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. He said: “It has been really important that we can get right around the county and we know people appreciate the opportunity to have a test close to home. We are always busy, but want to ensure more people know about the opportunities so people can access them when they need to.”

Details of how to access all testing available to people across the whole of Cumbria can be found at

In June the military mobile units will be at:

  • Barrow - BAE site, Waterside car park LA14 2TF - 20-21 June
  • Carlisle - Carlisle Swift Bank Car Park, Swift Bank, Carlisle CA1 1JG - 14-17 June, 22-23 June, 29-30 June
  • Grange-over-Sands - Public car park behind Nutwood Medical Centre, Kents Bank Road, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 7DJ - 10-11 June, 18-19 June, 26-28 June
  • Haverigg (Millom RUFC) - Millom LA18 4GY - 21-23 June
  • Kendal - Kendal leisure centre carpark, Burton Rd, Kendal, LA9 7HX - 9-11 June, 18-21 June,
  • Keswick - Derwent Pencil Museum, Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG - 2-13 June, 15-17 June
  • Kirkby Stephen - Upper Eden RUFC Westgarth road, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4TF - 18-19 June, 29-30 June
  • Workington - Lillyhall, County Council Highways Depot Parking Services, 1 Joseph Noble Rd, Workington CA14 4JX -14-17 June, 24-25 June

You can book a slot at

Essential workers can book a slot at

Swabbing is an uncomfortable procedure and young children may find it upsetting Children should only be booked for swabbing if they are likely to have had contact with someone who is Covid positive in the previous 14 days. Younger children with a fever may indicate other childhood illnesses, so it is advisable to refer to or call your GP surgery for guidance before booking a test.

There is also a range of other testing activity underway. This includes:

  • Locally-commissioned testing
  • NHS Trust staff are able to access testing through their own organisation.
  • Locally agreed arrangements to test residents and staff of Cumbrian residential or nursing homes Self-testing kits can be ordered online.