Surge testing continues to tackle rising cases in Bedford Borough

Surge testing continues to take place in selected areas of Bedford Borough this weekend as Bedford remains the third highest COVID-19 rate in the country, with 124 cases per 100,000 people in the population.

Everyone- adults and children- living in the Kingsbrook, Cauldwell and Queens Park areas of Bedford Borough and the village of Wixams, is strongly encouraged to take a PCR COVID-19 test this weekend, even if they are not showing symptoms. This will help to identify cases and ensure that people self-isolate with the appropriate support.

Testing and self-isolating where required will, together with measures such as hands-face-space-fresh air and following national guidance, help us to control the spread of the virus, while enabling a better understanding of the new variant.

The Mobile Testing Units will be operating until Friday 28 May every day at the following sites and times:

Oasis Beach Pool, Cardington Road, Kingsbrook, Bedford, MK42 0BZ (8am to 6pm)

John Bunyan Sports and Fitness, Mile Road, Cauldwell, Bedford, MK42 9TS (8am to 6pm)

Enterprise House, Old Ford End Road, Queens Park, Bedford, MK40 4PF (8am to 5pm)

Seasons Garden Centre, Bedford Road, Wixams, MK45 3HU (8.30am to 6pm)

The mobile testing units will be accepting people in cars and on foot, although driving is recommended because of forecasted wet weather. No appointment is necessary. 

Further collect and drop off points for tests will also be available in each of the areas from Saturday 22 May at Cauldwell Community Centre on Althorpe Street, Queens Park Community Centre and Lakeview Village Hall at the Wixams and these will be open from 8am-6pm. London Road Surgery will also be operating from 8am-6pm from Monday to Friday.

Don’t attend an MTU if you have symptoms of COVID-19, as you could spread the virus to other people. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test by calling 119 or via the Government website