COVID-19 testing centres

Testing centres

Testing for people with symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), or have got a positive result from a rapid Lateral Flow test, you should get a PCR test to check if you have the virus. You can request a test online via the NHS website.

You can book a home test or a test at a centre.

Local testing centres (for PCR tests which are either for people with symptoms or who need a confirmatory tests following a positive test using a rapid / LFD home kit) are available through the online booking system.

Test availability is refreshed on the website throughout the day, if tests are not available near you, please try again later.

You can read more about testing on the NHS website.

If you test positive for coronavirus the NHS Test and Trace service will contact you to ask who you have been in close contact with. This is a critical part of our approach to controlling the spread of the virus because it enables the Test and Trace service to warn people they too may have the virus.

Find out information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.

Testing sites

The Department for Health & Social Care operates PCR testing units across Central Bedfordshire and in neighbouring areas including Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes.

When you contact the national PCR test ordering service you will be directed to the nearest available centre but if this is not available, you will be able to order a home test kit which generally arrives the following day.

Please note that the PCR test unit in Flitwick currently has no pedestrian access. This is because of heavy lorries and other machinery working next to the site making it unsafe to walk to the site. If you cannot access the site by car, please book an appointment at another site or request a home delivery kit.

As cases are rising the demand for testing will also increase and we encourage anyone without symptoms to use regular rapid tests (LFDs), accessing PCRs if asked to as a contact of a case or if you develop symptoms.

Book an appointment online or call 119.