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Covid-19 testing (Lateral Flow Testing)

Covid-19 testing (Lateral Flow Testing)

Free Covid-19 testing for everyone

All residents can now access free, regular, rapid Covid-19 tests. These are for people with no Covid-19 symptoms.

This is important for identifying cases of Covid-19 that we would otherwise not find, as 1 in 3 people who are infected with the virus won’t have any symptoms, meaning they’ll spread it to others without realising.

Getting into the habit of regular testing will help to keep everyone safe.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms

Please book a test through the Gov.uk website if you have symptoms of Covid-19.

Lateral Flow Testing

The rapid Covid-19 test used for people with no symptoms is called a Lateral Flow Test. It delivers results within 30 to 45 minutes. Read our Lateral Flow Testing Frequently Asked Questions (PDF document) to find out more. 

Getting a negative Lateral Flow Test result does not give you immunity to Covid-19. So a negative result should not be used as an excuse to bend the rules under the current Covid-19 restrictions.

Where to get your test

We are accepting walk-in appointments at our test centres. Week commencing 26 July, the following sites are open:

Shute End Test Centre (Civic Offices, Shute End, RG40 1BN):

  • Open 8am to 4.15pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (last test at 4.00pm)
  • Open 8am to 6.45pm Thursday (last test at 6.30 pm)
            

Mobile testing units:

  • Asda Lower Earley car park, open 8.30am to 4.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday, and 9.00am to 5.00pm on Wednesday and Saturday
  • Waitrose Twyford car park, open 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
  • Woodley Town Centre, open 9.00am to 5.00pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday
            

Please note, the above sites are closed on Bank Holidays. Mobile sites can only operate if the temperature is above 10 degrees, and locations can change at short notice.

Booking in advance

You can also book a test slot, at a minimum of 48 hours in advance, for the Shute End Test Centre.

  Book a test at Shute End


You will need to bring ID with you to the testing centre.  

Home testing kits

You can also access home testing kits by ordering them through the  Gov.uk website, collecting them from a local pharmacy, or collecting them from one of our static or mobile test centres.

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