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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Community Testing in West Berkshire (Lateral Flow Testing)

Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it

 

Community testing in West Berkshire 

Update on 22 February 2021

Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms - meaning they are 'asymptomatic' - and will be spreading the virus without realising it.

As part of our efforts to keep people as safe as possible from COVID-19, we are offering community testing twice a week to eligible key workers (critical workers).

This type of testing, called Community Testing or Lateral Flow Testing (LFT), is being offered to key workers and public sector staff who are most at risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 without knowing it.

By widening testing to those showing no symptoms ('asymptomatic'), we will be able to identify people who are infected and infectious and maybe unwittingly spreading the virus. Testing can help to break the chain of transmission.

The West Berkshire Council WBC LFT Communities Programme is a targeted programme informed by Public Health.

 

Book a Lateral Flow Device Test

Lateral Flow Testing sites are at the following locations:

  • Highwood Copse Primary School
  • Thatcham Rugby Club
  • Hungerford Rugby Club
  • Burghfield Community Sports Association

 

If you have COVID symptoms:

Book a test via the online national booking system (link below) or call 119.

If you DO NOT have COVID symptoms and are a critical or key worker who:

  • lives or works in West Berkshire
  • is unable to work from home
  • does not already receive regular testing through their employer
  • is aged 16 or over

You should book a test through the link below. Please ensure that you use Google Chrome, Edge, or Safari, and not Internet Explorer when you book your test.

Appointment slots are approximately 30 minutes. Appointments are per person - please attend the appointment alone unless you need support from another adult.

IMPORTANT - This service is only for people aged 16 or over.

When visiting the test centre

Please use the hand sanitisation stations provided in front of the entrance, within the waiting area and as you exit from the building. You will be required to use these when you arrive and when you leave the building.

You must wear an appropriate face covering when in the building. If you do not have one, you will be provided with one. There is a one-way entry and exit system and you will be invited into the building a few minutes before your appointment.

Should you test positive, the national contact tracing team will be in touch to help identify who you have recently been in close contact with, because they may also be at risk of getting the infection. The local public health team may also follow up positive cases to establish close contact situations should the national team be unable to contact you.

Eligibility for Lateral Flow Device Testing

Book a Lateral Flow Test 

If there are no available slots, please check again later in the day.

National COVID-19 booking service

 

What is Community Testing / Lateral Flow Testing?

Community Testing is being introduced to test people showing no symptoms (called 'asymptomatic'). This can help to break the chain of transmission by will finding people who are infected and infectious but unaware they might be spreading the virus.

Community Testing will be offered to critical and key workers and anyone who is required to leave home for work or a crucial activity, or for the management of local Covid-19 outbreaks. Breaking the Covid chain is so important to stop the virus from spreading and we urge Berkshire residents and workers to have the test, once contacted.

The test used is called a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and it delivers the results within around 30 minutes. If tested positive, it is imperative that you and your contacts isolate at home, away from friends and family, and do not leave your home unless for essential reasons, such as medical care or to escape harm.

We are in the process of arranging the people and equipment to be able to offer these lateral flow tests as soon as possible to residents of West Berkshire. Our number one priority is to keep you as safe and well as possible and bring down our case rates. Please bear with us while we finalise our quality and safety checks before inviting people forward for testing.

For more information, please visit: 

Public Health Berkshire

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection