Public information issued on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care
As part of the national testing programme for COVID–19, drive-through Mobile Testing Units, run by the Department of Health and Social Care, will be operating between 11am and 3pm on:
- 5, 7, 8, 12, 14 March - Richmond, Round Howe Car Park, Reeth Road, DL10 4TL
- 7, 14 March - Thirsk, Millgate Car Park, Marage Road, Thirsk, YO7 1PE
- 9 March - Catterick, Catterick Race Course, Catterick Bridge, DL10 7PE
- 11 March - Leyburn, Rear of the Golden Lion hotel, Leyburn, DL8 5AS
- Every day in Northallerton at The Forum, Bullamoor Road, DL6 1LP
A full list of testing sites in operation throughout North Yorkshire can be found on North Yorkshire County Council's website.
Book a test for those showing symptoms
Anyone showing coronavirus symptoms can book a swab test to see if they have the virus. Tests can be booked from 8pm the night before.
If you have limited access to the internet, or have difficulties with digital portals, you can ring the 119 service to book a test.
If you cannot get to your local testing site, you can order a home test through the GOV.UK website.
The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. There is a tutorial video that supports the written instructions in your pack from Dr Amir Khan.
You will need to register your test kit online. If you do not have internet access, 119 can provide advice on what you need to do.
You will be requested to return the kit via a Royal Mail priority post box. Post your completed test kit no later than 1 hour before the last collection time of the day. Do not take your test on a bank holiday. Take it on the following day instead.
To get to your nearest post box you can walk, cycle or drive. You must not use public transport. Wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. If you’re unwell or unable to leave your home, please ask family, friends or neighbours for their help, or contact North Yorkshire County Council's customer service centre on 01609780780 and they will help you.
Lateral flow tests
The Government has issued rapid lateral flow antigen tests for Covid-19 to be used in asymptomatic (for those not showing symptoms) testing to a number of local authorities. These tests will provide results in under 30 minutes.
A list of all local authorities that are currently receiving lateral flow tests can be found on the GOV.UK website.