Drivethru COVID-19 testing at Luton Airport Image Bedfordshire CCG

It will operate on an appointment only basis

A new drive-through testing centre opened yesterday at London Luton Airport as part of the government’s UK-wide programme to control the spread of coronavirus.

It will operate on an appointment only basis for NHS staff or other essential workers (and members of their households), and people over the age of five with coronavirus symptoms.

Testing will not be available for air passengers arriving or embarking from the airport.

Dr Nicola Smith, chair of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:

“The setting up of pop-up testing centres has contributed to controlling the spread of COVID-19 locally. I would like to thank London Luton Airport and all the other organisations who have assisted us in carrying out this essential work by making their sites available.”

The testing site will be operated by military personnel in an airport carpark (not the drop-off zone) on Monday 18 May and Friday 22 May from 10am to 4pm. Testing will also be available at the airport the following week.

Anyone eligible for a test has to first arrange an appointment on the national booking website.

Essential workers can access test bookings here.

There are a number of Mobile Testing Sites (MTU’s) options for Bedfordshire residents. The online registration process allows users to select the closest available site.

Currently there is also a site in Milton Keynes and there have been sites in Bedford and Biggleswade.