Last updated 18 June 2021
Surge testing for Covid-19 variant
We're carrying out Covid-19 local testing (surge testing) between Monday 7 June and Sunday 20 June in the following wards:
- Bulmershe and Whitegates
We're surge testing because there have been cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant detected in these areas. These cases can't be traced back to international travel. So this suggests that the Covid-19 variant is spreading further into the community.
Known contacts of the above cases have been traced and informed already. But surge testing will help to identify any more cases and prevent the Covid-19 variant from spreading.
Do I need to get tested?
If you're over 12 years old, have no Covid-19 symptoms and live in one of the above wards, you should get tested. Even if you've been vaccinated, you should still get tested.
Use our postcode checker, below, to see if your area is affected.
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Schools and businesses in these areas will be contacted by the council to arrange delivery of testing kits for pupils and staff.
Where to get tested
If you live in one of the affected areas, go to one of our dedicated surge testing centres to get tested. There's no need to book. Just turn up.
Our surge testing centres are at:
- Shute End Eastern Car Park Mobile Test Centre (RG40 1BN) – Open 12pm to 6pm, Monday to Sunday
- Cantley Park Event Field Mobile Test Centre (RG40 5TU) – Open 12pm to 6pm, Monday to Sunday
- Headley Road Car Park Mobile Test Centre (RG5 4JA) – Open 12pm to 6pm, Monday to Sunday
- Sindlesham Court Test Centre (RG41 5EA) – Open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 3pm on Saturday
- Microsoft Campus Test Centre (RG6 1WG) – Open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 3pm on Saturday
- Shute End Test Centre (RG40 1BN) – Open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, 10.15am to 3.45pm Sunday
- Thames Valley Park and Ride Test Centre (RG6 1PQ) - Open 7.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 8.30pm, Monday to Sunday
- Reading University Car Park 7 Test Centre (RG6 6DR) - Open 12pm to 6pm, Monday to Sunday
The mobile testing units located at Shute End Eastern Car Park, Cantley Park, Headley Road Car Park and Thames Valley Park accept people in cars and on foot. The mobile testing unit at the Acorn Community Centre is accepting people by car only. All other test centres accept people on foot only.
We'll be door-knocking in the affected areas to inform residents of the surge testing programme.
Please note that:
- Volunteers will be from Wokingham Borough Council - they will show you their official ID immediately
- The test is free - you will never be asked to pay or provide any financial information
- The testing team won't enter your household and won't do any testing for you
If you need any help, or have any concerns, contact us.
Do I need to self-isolate?
You don't need to self-isolate unless you have symptoms, have tested positive and/or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive and have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
If you live in the surge testing area, national restrictions remain the same. Keep to the same level of social distancing precautions (hands, face, space and fresh air) that you do now. The full list of what you can and can't do is available on the Gov.uk website.
If you live in the testing area, you may have further questions. We’ve answered some of these below. You can also read our full Covid-19 surge testing Frequently Asked Questions (PDF document).
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