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Walk through testing centres

There are two walk through testing centres in Bedford for residents showing symptoms of Coronavirus.

Testing centres are located at Prebend Street Car Park, Prebend Street, Bedford and the University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue, Bedford.  

Most people with COVID-19 will have at least one of these symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new persistent cough
  • A change in sense of taste or smell

If you have any of these symptoms, you should get tested. 

Book an appointment

Appointments must be booked in advance before attending. Please do not travel if you do not have an appointment.

Please book your appointment via nhs.uk/coronavirus or phone 119.

To book a test you must meet all the following criteria:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19
  • You can travel to the test site on foot or by motorcycle or bicycle and don’t need to use public transport
  • You have a face covering unless exempt. The only exemption is for children under the age of three, who are not required to wear a mask
  • You adhere to social distancing at all times, when travelling to and from the site

Wearing face coverings at local test sites is a mandatory requirement for the clinical service to protect individuals receiving the test and to protect the staff working at the site. If you are unable to wear a face covering then please book a PCR home testing kit instead via nhs.uk/coronavirus or phone 119.

What to bring with you 

You must bring a valid form of ID, proof of your appointment confirmation and a face covering.

If you do not have a valid form of ID or access to a mobile phone or have an email account, please discuss this when making your appointment.

Only those being tested should be at the test site. If you can’t leave your family at home, they may come with you but must wear a face covering unless exempt. However, children under the age of three will not be permitted as it would be unsafe for them to wear a face covering.

Getting your results

The testing site will send you your test results by email and text message within 24 - 72 hours of completing the test. If you don’t have an email address or a phone number, you can contact 119 for your results.

Test results will not be held by Bedford Borough Council.

While you are waiting for your appointment or your test result, you and everyone in your household must stay at home to prevent the spread of the infection.

Video guide

Watch this helpful video for a step-by-step guide on visiting the local testing site.

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