Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 18 March



Targeted COVID-19 rapid community testing update

Our rollout of the government’s rapid COVID-19 community testing initiative locally to help drive down transmission rates continues.
The programme, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is specifically aimed at asymptomatic people at small businesses who cannot work from home, and private early years settings and childminders. It has also been confirmed that students who require a lateral flow test before going back to university can also use the sites.
You can now book a test at all four centres at Devizes Leisure Centre, Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury, Monkton Park in Chippenham, and County Hall in Trowbridge.
The centres cannot accept people dropping in, and everyone must book an appointment and not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
The self-administered test should take no more than 15 minutes and results should be known within half an hour.
Free testing continues to be available to everyone in Wiltshire who has COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of/change in taste or smell. You should visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 to book a test in that instance.
Anyone who receives a positive Lateral Flow Test result automatically activates legal obligations to self-isolate, and may also claim for a Test and Trace payment if they are eligible.
You can book your place on our website, where you will also find additional information, including FAQs.



Dropping off and picking up your child from school


We’re asking parents not to stop and chat with other parents when they drop their child at school and pick them up.

This will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On the journey to and from school, please remember to observe social distancing at all times.

Thank you for your support.



Stopping smoking during COVID doesn’t have to be stressful

The last year has been difficult for many of us. Stress and concern about our health is on the rise.
For smokers this has pulled them in two directions. On the one hand, the chances of smokers successfully quitting are has high as they’ve ever been. On the other, smokers experiencing stress and mental distress are more likely to be smoking more.
No Smoking Day took place this week (Wednesday 10 March) and is an opportunity for smokers to quit for good and could be less stressful than they fear and ultimately improve their sense of wellbeing. We all have less control over our lives than we’d like at the moment, but smokers can take some positive control on No Smoking Day. We want to encourage smokers to seize the moment and look forward to happier smokefree future.
Free stop smoking support is available at GP Practices and via our Health Improvement Coaches For further information visit Smokefree Wiltshire   
Please note that stop smoking support will no longer be available in Wiltshire pharmacies after the end of March 2021. If you would like further information about this please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Make today the day for taking that first step on your quit journey.

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A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.


Malmesbury is a beautiful town to visit in its own right and attractions include the jewel in our crown being Malmesbury Abbey, the fabulous Abbey House Gardens, and Malmesbury’s 15th century Market Cross.

For more than two and a half millennia successive generations have populated this hilltop, which forms the centre of the community we now call Malmesbury.


Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9BZ

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