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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 accept walk-in appointments only at our test centres. Week commencing 25 October, the following sites are open:

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

  • Open 8.30am to 3.15pm, Monday to Saturday

Mobile testing units:

  • Asda Lower Earley car park, open 9.15am to 3.45pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10.15am to 4.45pm, Wednesday
  • Waitrose Twyford car park, open 9.15am to 3.45pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Woodley Town Centre, open 10.15am to 4.45pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 9.15am to 3.45pm Wednesday
  • Henry Street Garden Centre Arborfield, open 9.45am to 4.15pm, Wednesday and Friday

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.

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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