PCR Testing

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:

To find out more visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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.