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Rapid COVID-19 testing comes to Leighton Buzzard

Written by on 17th April 2021

People in Leighton Buzzard can get a rapid COVID-19 test from Monday 19 April at a new rapid test and collect service from Central Bedfordshire Council.

The new service will provide testing kits and encourage residents to take a test on site first to ensure people are confident to use them at home.

Testing is free and there is no need to book an appointment, people can just turn up.

The new mobile test and collect minibus will be at Duncombe Drive car park from noon on Monday 19th April and will then be open four days a week. Staff will be on hand to help people self-test, demonstrate how to do the tests at home and give away home testing kits.  There will be help on hand for those who might need it.

The testing is free, easy and quick.

With around one in three people who have coronavirus showing no symptoms, regular testing is vital  to help identify more people who have COVID-19 as early as possible and help to reduce the spread of the virus.

We recommend getting tested twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart.

Local residents can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from our new mobile testing centre in Leighton Buzzard or from our centres in Biggleswade, Dunstable and Flitwick.  Alternatively they can visit participating pharmacies or order a pack of 7 tests for home delivery from the UK government website.

The service is open to anyone living or working in or visiting Leighton Buzzard. People are being asked to bring a smartphone to register and be sent their results. There is no need to make an appointment – just turn up.

Duncombe car park test site opening hours.

Monday 19 April         Noon – 6 pm

Then every Tuesday    8 am – 5 pm

Thursday                     9 am – 6 pm

Friday                          8 am – 5 pm

Monday                       9 am – 6 pm

More information

Find a pharmacy where you can collect rapid tests: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk – Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UKhttps://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

If you do tests at home, you’ll need to report your results online or on the phone. Your pack will include details of how to do this and what to do next.

Find out more here https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/135/coronavirus/919/rapid_tests