Berkshire Testing Sites
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a free test if at least one of the following applies:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- you’ve been asked to by a local council
- you’re taking part in a government pilot project
You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms.
To get a test:
If you need medical advice about your symptoms:
England: NHS 111 online coronavirus service: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you or someone you live with has symptoms you must self-isolate. You may only leave home to get a test. Once tested you must continue to self-isolate until you receive your test result and further instructions.
For guidance on self-isolation:
How to book at test online:
You can request a test online via: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
You will be asked whether you’d like to be tested at:
- a drive through testing site,
- a walk through testing site,
- or receive a home testing kit in the post.
You will need to provide some personal details such as your name, telephone number and your address.
There are a number of testing sites across Berkshire and the surrounding areas. Some of these are static sites such as those at Slough, Reading and Newbury; others are mobile facilities which are sited in areas of need for 2 or 3 days at a time. You must make an appointment. Please bear in mind that the number of tests that can be carried out at each site will depend on the capacity of the appropriate laboratory to process the tests as well as on-site facilities. You will only be offered testing sites where they have available appointments.
Don’t forget, you can order a home testing kit.
How to book a test if you do not have symptoms
If you do NOT have symptoms but would like to book a Lateral Flow test, use our Sitefinder link to find your nearest test centre: Find a test centre (test-and-trace.nhs.uk).