Borough Council of Wellingborough

Updated guidance on Covid-19 testing

Published Friday, 18 September 2020

As you may be aware, there is significant demand on the testing network nationally at present, with labs already operating at capacity.

As such, the Department of Health and Social Care has implemented much tighter guidelines around people attending the walk-in testing facilities. 
Walk-in sites can still accept walk-ins without an appointment, but only if you are displaying symptoms. The number of people that can be accepted without an appointment is significantly reduced at this present time.
Free testing is available at Wellingborough’s test centre, which is situated at Market Square.
For those wishing to book a test in advance, please visit, or call 119. New booking slots are released around 6pm and each morning.
Please be aware that the government has also set up a home-testing service, supported by Amazon's logistics network and other commercial partners. Home test kits can be delivered to someone’s door so they can test themselves and their family without leaving the house.
On September 24, the NHS launches it Covid-19 Track and Trace app. 
The NHS COVID-19 app is part of our large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service in Wales. The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus. 
The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.
The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives. 
The app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.