Rapid COVID-19 testing comes to Houghton Regis

  • People in Houghton Regis can get a rapid COVID-19 test from Thursday 29 April at a new mobile 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 Parkside Day Centre on Parkside Drive from Thursday 29 April until Friday 7 May (This is where the burger van parks up in the evenings). The mobile service will then move to another location in Houghton Regis. 

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.

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.

You are recommended to get tested twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart. The testing is free, easy and quick.

Local residents can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from the new mobile testing centre in Houghton Regis.  The service is open to anyone living or working in or visiting Houghton Regis. 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. 

Parkside Day Centre on Parkside Drive open from 11am to 7pm: 
Thursday 29 April
Friday 30 April
Tuesday 4 May 
Thursday 6 May
Friday 7 May

... or Order Online

you can order a pack of 7 tests for home delivery online via UK government website. 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.

... or collect a rapid tests pack from these local pharmacists: 

Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd - 17-18 Bedford Square, Houghton Regis
Houghton Regis Medical Centre, Peel Street, Houghton Regis
More rapid-test pharmacies can be found using this map.