Where can I get Covid tests in Newcastle? Where to get lateral flow tests near me - and how much they cost

Covid cases have been rising in recent weeks - but where I can I get a test in Newcastle?

At the beginning of April 2022 coronavirus testing rules were relaxed, and it was announced that free tests would not be as readily available.

However, the recent increase in cases will mean more people need access to testing once again.

Sky News reported on Friday, July 1 that the number of people with COVID in the UK has risen 32%, with almost 2.3 million people carrying the virus.

Negative result Coronavirus Covid-19 lateral flow self test kit on white background showing negative result Picture: Jon Kempner/Adobe Stock

Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 are reportedly behind the latest surge in cases, according to the Office for National Statistics.

So where can you buy lateral flow tests in Newcastle?

Here’s everything you need to know about the new rules.

How much do covid tests cost?

Lloyds

  • Lateral Flow Tests - non travel (5 pack) - £11.29
  • Lateral Flow Tests - non travel (1 pack) - £2.29
  • Lateral Flow Tests - suitable for travel (1 pack) - £12.99
  • Lateral Flow Tests - step ahead (1 pack) - £1.89

Superdrug

  • Lateral Flow Tests - non travel (5 pack) - £9.59
  • Lateral Flow Tests - non travel (1 pack) - £1.95
  • Lateral Flow Tests - suitable for travel (1 pack) - £14.99
  • Lateral Flow Tests - non travel (25 pack) - £47.95

Boots

  • Lateral Flow Tests - non travel (4 pack) - £17
  • Lateral Flow Tests - suitable for travel (1 pack) - £14.99
  • Lateral Flow Tests - non travel (2 pack) - £3.95
  • Boots also offers in-store COVID-19 PCR testing services for £79 which includes a certificate provided for negative results and results within 48 hours. 

Can I still get covid tests for free?

Yes, you can still test for free if you are one of the following:

  • you have a health condition which means you’re eligible for COVID-19 treatments
  • you’re going into hospital
  • you work in the NHS or in adult social care

Tests can be ordered via the government website and once you have ordered the test they should arrive within three working days.

You can order one pack every three days if you are eligible. Each pack contains seven tests.

If you are unable to place an order online you can do so by calling 119. This helpline is free from mobiles and landlines and opens everyday from 7am to 11pm.

The helpline has a translation service. SignVideo (a free online British Sign Language interpreter service) is also available.

How do rapid lateral flow tests work?

The test usually involves taking a sample from your throat and nose, or from your nose only, using a swab.

Once you’ve taken your test you will get a result in ten to 30 minutes depending on the type of rapid lateral flow test you’ve taken.

The test kit instructions will tell you how long you need to wait before checking your result and what to do from there.

Where in Newcastle can I buy covid tests?

  • Boots Northumberland Street - 150 Northumberland St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 7DQ
  • Boots Blackett Street - 35 Blackett Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 7AN 
  • Boots Eldon Square - Hotspur Way, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 7XE
  • Boots Argyle Street -
  • Lloyds - 141 Beaconsfield Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, NE4 5JP
  • Lloyds - 168 West Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, NE4 9QB
  • Superdrug Northumberland Street - 46-52 Northumberland Street, Newcastle, NE1 7DF
  • Superdrug Gateshead - Superdrug Unit 68, Cameron Walk, Gateshead, NE11 9YR

To find your nearest pharmacy, you can visit the NHS Pharmacy finder where you input information such as your city or postcode.