Member of the public taking a coronavirus test in Wigston Fields test centre

Over 3000 people across Leicestershire have already undergone rapid community tests for Covid-19 – and another district site is due to open tomorrow, in Market Harborough.

 Testing is already available six days a week at centres in Wigston, Blaby, Swannington, Loughborough, Hinckley and Melton Mowbray – and tomorrow (Friday February 12) sees the opening of a test centre at Harborough Leisure Centre (Bowls Hall).

Bookings for all the sites are available via the council’s website.

One in three people who have coronavirus show no symptoms, and rapid lateral flow testing, led by the council’s public health team, can help to quickly identify individuals and stop the spread of infection.

Rapid testing is ONLY for those who are eligible, who don’t have symptoms and aren’t already isolating – if you do have symptoms, or you have been told to self isolate, then you should not attend. It is open to key workers and anyone else in the county who cannot currently work from home. 


We are delighted to say that we’ve done over 3,000 tests since the first site went live on January 7 and lots of our key workers  are attending for regular testing, which is exactly what we want to see. The tests are helping to protect them and the wider community and help stop the spread of Covid-19 as the fight goes on to drive down infection rates.


The lateral flow tests are self-administered at an approved test site – and you can leave the site straight after you have taken your swab. Results will be sent out by text or email by the end of that day.  Sites will be open 6 days each week.

Anyone who currently cannot work from home and is eligible. 

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Residents are reminded that if they have Covid symptoms they will need to isolate immediately and book an NHS test at or by calling 119

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