The government is urging everyone who does not have Covid-19 symptoms to have free Covid-19 lateral flow tests twice weekly.
It’s important because one in three people have coronavirus but don’t have symptoms – so they might feel fine but actually be spreading the virus without knowing it. Lateral flow testing is most effective when undertaken twice weekly, at least three to four days apart.
Here is important advice from West Berkshire Council about testing in the district (see below for links from councils in surrounding areas).
Information from West Berkshire Council
There are two ways to get tested: visit a testing site or get test kits to do at home (see details below). If you test positive the national contact tracing team will be in touch to help identify who you have been in close contact with recently as they may also be at risk of getting the infection. The council may follow up positive cases to establish close contact situations should the national team not be able to reach you.
If you or anyone in your household tests positive, everyone in the household must follow the government guidelines.
Anyone 16 years and over is welcome to visit a community testing site below. Please visit westberks.gov.uk/lft for opening times/days and if you want to book an appointment. You are also welcome to turn up and be tested without an appointment.
- Hungerford (new location): Church Street (library) car park, RG17 0JG.
- Newbury: Highwood Copse Primary School, RG14 7TD.
- Thatcham (new location): Thatcham Memorial Hall, RG18 3AG.
- Burghfield: Burghfield Community Sports Association, RG30 3RS.
(Note that the Burghfield testing site will close on Wednesday 12 May and be replaced by a mobile centre which will still operate on or nearby the existing site.)
The test takes five minutes and within 30 minutes you receive the results delivered directly to your phone or email. You can also access them by calling 119.
You are asked to use the hand sanitisation stations provided when you arrive at and leave the testing site. You must wear an appropriate face covering inside the testing site. If you do not have one, you will be given one to wear. One-way entry and exit systems are in operation. You will be invited into the building a few minutes before your appointment time.
Testing at home
Home tests are for those 11 years and above. If you are 16 years and above you can collect home testing kits from any of the four test sites above, from our mobile community collect vehicle (see route schedule here) or from the gov.uk link.
Please visit the West Berkshire Council lateral flow testing webpage for more information.
Residents are welcome to visit any of our four testing sites (without an appointment) in order how to learn to lateral flow tests properly. Alternatively see this NHS instructional video for doing your home test. Your test kit will display the results in 30 minutes.
Information from other councils
Please click on the appropriate link for lateral flow test information from other local councils: