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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.

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.

Lateral Flow Testing

The Covid-19 test used is called a Lateral Flow Test. It delivers results to your mobile within 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

You can get your free Covid-19 test at:

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

  • Open 9am to 4pm, Mondays (last test at 3.45pm)
  • Open 8am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday (last test at 3.45pm)
            

Sindlesham Court Test Centre (Mole Road, RG41 5EA) 

  • Open 9am to 4pm, Mondays (last test at 3.45pm)
  • Open 8am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday (last test at 3.45pm)
     

Microsoft Campus Test Centre (Building 2, Thames Valley Park, RG6 1WG)

  • Open 9am to 4pm, Mondays (last test at 3.45pm)
  • Open 8am to 8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays (last test at 7.45pm)
  • Open 8am to 4pm, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (last test at 3.45pm)

(The following test sites are closed on Bank Holidays.)

  

Covid-19 community testing video

How to book

We are accepting walk-in appointments at all 3 test centres. You can also book a test slot at a minimum of 48 hours in advance at the following sites:

 Book a test at Shute End


Book a test at the Microsoft Campus



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 PCR site (afternoons only) or local pharmacy, or collecting them from one of the following locations:

Sindlesham Court Test Centre (Mole Road, RG41 5EA)

  • Monday 9am to 4pm
  • Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 4pm

Microsoft Campus Test Centre (Building 2, Thames Valley Park, RG6 1WG)

  • Monday 9am to 4pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday 8am to 8pm
  • Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8am to 4pm

Mobile testing sites

We are deploying a number of mobile rapid testing units in retail areas where there is currently a high footfall. This includes Asda Lower Earley, Waitrose Twyford and Woodley Town Centre (Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm).

More units will be rolled out in the coming weeks. Mobile sites can only operate if the temperature is above 10 degrees, and locations can change at short notice.

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