Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a free PCR 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 PCR 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 have 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 PCR test result and further instructions.
For guidance on self-isolation:
How to book at test online:
You can request a PCR 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.
Don’t forget, you can order a home testing kit.