A national lockdown is in place which means you must stay at home.
For information about the rules, any disruptions to Council services, how to book a COVID-19 test and the support available for residents and businesses visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus
Testing for residents with COVID-19 symptoms
If you have COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – you must book a test online or by calling 119, it is important that you do this as soon as possible. If you are struggling to book a test please contact us on 01642 528474 or online using this form.
Please stay at home while waiting for the test. Only leave your home to have the test. Stay at home while you are waiting for your test result. You could be infectious and it is important that you do not spread the virus. Everyone in your household should also stay at home during this time.
There are testing sites available for residents who have COVID-19 symptoms where you can be tested although you must book an appointment, you cannot just turn up. These include:
- Billingham Forum car park (walk to or park on site, open Monday-Sunday, 8am-8pm)
- Cranworth Street car park, Thornaby (drive through, Saturday and Sunday, 9am-3.30pm)
- South Thornaby Community Centre, Thornaby (drive through, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-3.30pm)
- Dairy Car Park, Stockton (behind the Hampton by Hilton Hotel. Walk to or park on site, open Monday-Sunday, 8am-8pm)
If you test positive you will be contacted by the national or local Test and Trace advisors. The advisor will provide isolation advice. They will also questions about where you have been so that they can identify anyone you have been in close contact with. Test and Trace only works if you help by answering questions. We need your help to stop further transmission of the virus.
Please contact 01642 528474 or by completing this form if you want to share further information about contacts or require additional public health advice and support.
Testing for residents or people who work in Stockton-on-Tees without COVID-19 symptoms
The Government advises that one in three people who have COVID-19 do not experience symptoms. We have been asked to provide testing for people who live or work in the Borough without symptoms to identify people who have COVID-19 so that they know to isolate because isolating when infectious is the most important way to reduce the spread of the virus.
Tests are free and appointments must be booked in advance.
How to book an appointment for a test for people without COVID-19 symptoms:
The Stockton-on-Tees testing centres for people without COVID-19 symptoms are:
- Splash in Stockton (enter via a marquee in the car park at the rear) appointments must be booked in advance using this form.
- Thornaby Pavilion appointments must be booked in advance using this form.
- Billingham Forum appointments must be booked in advance using this form.
These testing centres are open 8am-4pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and 10am-6pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
Frequently asked questions about the tests for people who don't have symptoms of COVID-19
Can I get a test delivered to my home instead of going to a test site?
You can only access a host test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 - a high temperature, continuous cough or loss of/change in taste or smell at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Can I get a test at Splash if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
No, if you have symptoms you must book a different test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Who can get tested?
You can get tested if you are over 16 and do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
If you do have symptoms of COVID-19 you must book a different test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Can I get a test if someone within my bubble has tested positive and I have no symptoms?
No. If someone in your bubble tests positive and you are a contact according to the Government definition you should isolate for ten days (this means you should not leave your house or garden). This is because, even if you feel well, you may still have the infection and could infect others. If you do develop symptoms you must book a different test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Do I have to get a test?
No, although we are hoping that many people will recognise the benefits of getting involved in local community testing to reduce the spread of the virus across Stockton-on-Tees.
What does the test involve and how does it work?
When you attend for a test you will be directed to the welcome desk to register and receive a swab. From there you will be sent to a sample collection booth. A test assistant will be on hand to explain how to take the swab yourself. It involves swabbing both tonsils (or where they would have been) at the back of the throat as well as into one nostril.
The test detects the virus at its most infectious stage. Results are available after 30 minutes. The test is well-established and works in a similar way to a home pregnancy test kit.
How long does it take to do the test?
It takes less than 15 minutes to do the test and another 30 minutes until the test result is available.
How quickly will I get my result?
Usually within half an hour, via text or email.
Is the test self-administered?
Yes. You will be asked to do the swab yourself but there will be trained staff on site to explain exactly how to take the swab.
Can people just show up for a test or do they need to book?
You must book a test by completing this form.
Can I leave home during national lockdown to have a test?
Leaving your home to get a test does not contravene the Government's ‘stay at home message’ as they want people to be able to get tested.
How many times can I get tested?
You can get this test more than once.
Testing in schools, health and social care settings and workplaces
We are working closely with schools across the Borough to set up testing for school staff and pupils. Please watch out for further information from your child's school.
Testing is also taking place in health and social care settings and a range of other workplaces to identify cases as early as possible to prevent further transmission and outbreaks.