Coronavirus testing site opens at University of Bedfordshire’s Polhill Campus

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University of Bedfordshire
University of Bedfordshire's Polhill Campus

A new walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) walk-in testing centre has opened at the University of Bedfordshire’s Polhill Campus.

The centre, in the campus Car Park on Polhill Avenue, will be open every day providing testing for local residents and students at the university.

Results from tests should be available within 24-72 hours.

Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire said: “Whilst Covid cases in our University remain low, we are delighted to be housing this walk-in testing facility for our community should they need to access it.

“It will enable local residents and our University’s students and staff to get tested if they have symptoms which is a great advantage in the fight against Covid19.”

This will be the third testing facility in the town, supporting those in Borough Hall and Prebend Street car parks.

To access the site, residents must either walk or cycle there and, not drive or take public transport.

Strict safety control measures will also be in place and people visiting must wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules at all times.

“Testing for Covid-19 is one of the first lines of defence in reducing infections,” said Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing.

“Rates in Bedford Borough are have been increasing significantly in recent weeks and we are seeing more people admitted to hospital.”

To book a test at a walk-in or drive-through facility, head to nhs.uk/coronavirus, or call 119.

Anyone experiencing a new, persistent cough, high temperature, or loss/change in sense of smell or taste, should immediately self-isolate at home with the rest of their household and arrange a test.

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