New COVID Testing site for Penrith

A walk-through coronavirus testing facility is to open at Sandgate Car Park in Penrith, as part of the Government’s drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities. Testing at the new site will start on Friday 20 November, with appointments available every day between 8am – 8pm. Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. Eden District Council, who own and manage the car park, will be engaging with local residents and businesses over the coming days.   

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and people being tested can expect their result the next day. Home test kits can also be ordered by people who cannot get to a test site.

The site is easily accessible without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre).

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely.