The walk-in facility by Cignpost ExpressTest offers fast and reliable PCR swab tests

Cignpost ExpressTest (a division of Cignpost Diagnostics Ltd) has today opened a new walk-in Covid-19 screening service at Metrocentre in Gateshead. The site is offering fast and accurate PCR swab tests.

The new facility, in the lower blue mall, has ten booths and a capacity of 9,120 tests per week. It will be of particular use to members of the public who are symptomless and so do not qualify for NHS emergency testing, but require a green light to visit family members or fly abroad.

Fit to Fly tests are competitively priced at £80 per person for travel passengers and £99 per person for the test-only service. Cignpost ExpressTest is delivered using the latest gold standard PCR equipment that is fully CE-IVD certified and manufactured to the highest possible standards, and tests are carried out by trained Screening Practitioners.

The Gateshead facility is one of ten new sites to open across the UK before the end of June. This expansion means that 80% of the population will be within a 60-minute drive of a Cignpost ExpressTest site. As well as being a selected provider of discounted COVID-19 testing to British Airways, the company also provides gold-standard PCR tests at Gatwick, Heathrow and Edinburgh Airports, as well as at Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Christian Corney, CEO of Cignpost ExpressTest said, “At Cignpost ExpressTest we are passionate about providing customers with very best testing experience as they prepare to travel. We have seen increasing desire for testing since international travel resumed in England and expect to see increased local demand in the coming weeks, particularly with the launch of “green flights” from Newcastle International Airport. We are proud to bring Covid-19 screening services to the people of the North East, and whether for personal or business travel, we remain committed to delivering the best possible service at an affordable price.”

Ben Cox of Sovereign Centros, senior asset manager for Metrocentre said: “Expanding the range of facilities and services available at Metrocentre is a key initiative for us, so we are delighted to welcome Cignpost ExpressTest to the blue mall.

“If our visitors are looking to get abroad this year, for leisure or work, or need an option to safely visit family and friends, our new testing facility offers an affordable and easy way to get piece of mind before you travel. Our free parking and extended trading hours will make it a convenient destination for people in the region who need to get tested.”

Bookings are now open, visit for further information.