New walk-through coronavirus testing facilities open at Newcastle universities

Testing at the new sites is underway and new appointments are being made available each day.  Credit: PA

New walk-through coronavirus testing facilities have opened at Newcastle's two universities.

The centres are for people with symptoms and the government says it's part of a 'UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities'.

What are the symptoms?

  • A high temperature

  • A new, continuous cough

  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste



One is based at Newcastle University (Castle Leazes Car Park and can be accessed without a vehicle) and the other is based at Northumbria University (CCE Car Park and can be accessed without a vehicle).

Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practicing good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre. 

Testing at the new site is underway and new appointments are being made available each day.