Rapid testing for COVID-19
Rapid testing is now available to everyone.
People are encouraged to take regular tests to help prevent outbreaks and help get back to a more normal way of life.
These rapid tests, also called rapid lateral flow tests (LFT), are for people who do not have any symptoms.
Tests are available:
- through your employer if they offer testing to employees
- at One Lexicon, Bracknell rapid test centre
- by collecting a home test kit from a rapid test centre
- by collecting a home test kit from a local Pharmacy Collect
- by ordering a home test kit on GOV.UK
It is available to you even if you have recently received the COVID-19 vaccine. Having the vaccine does not stop you from being able to spread the virus.
The test is not mandatory. You do not have to take this test. However we hope that you will see the benefits of getting involved in local testing efforts, to reduce the spread of the virus in the community.
Testing for employees
Businesses can offer free lateral flow tests for their employees who cannot work from home. This can be on-site testing or home kits for staff.
If your employer offers testing please arranging testing through your workplace.
Schools related testing
Secondary school and college students and staff at all school settings will receive home test kits from their school or college.
Pre-school and primary age pupils do not require testing.
If testing at home, individuals must register their results online at GOV.UK or by calling 119. If the test result is positive, it is vital that they self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hours. Visit the self-isolation page for information and advice on support available.
If the result is negative, this is only an indication that they are unlikely to have COVID-19, and is not 100% confirmation, therefore they must continue to observe hands, face, space and continue to get regularly tested.
Home test kits
Anyone over 18 can collect 2 packs of home test kits, each containing 7 kits, at One Lexicon rapid test centre and at mobile test sites around the borough.
Pharmacy Collect allows you to collect home test kits from your local pharmacy. Nearly all the pharmacies in Bracknell Forest are now offering Pharmacy Collect with more signing up each week.
Order home test kits online
You can order a home test kit online if you cannot:
- get tested at your workplace
- go to a test site
- collect test kits
Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.
Order a rapid lateral flow home test kit on GOV.UK
How to take your home test
What twice-weekly testing involves
You will be asked to:
- take a test twice a week, every 3 or 4 days apart
- report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test
- report your test result online or by calling 119
Positive result or coronavirus symptoms
If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should:
- self-isolate immediately
- get a PCR test on GOV.UK to confirm the result
- follow the stay at home guidance on GOV.UK
A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. This does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice on GOV.UK including:
- regular handwashing
- social distancing
- wearing a face covering
Safe disposal of used lateral flow test (LFT) kit
To safely dispose of the test kit, place all of the items from the test and the plastic packaging into the bag provided and then put this bag with your green general waste bin for disposal. This applies whether the test result is positive or negative.
The outer cardboard packaging and paper leaflets from the test kits can be recycled in your blue recycling bin.
Testing for international travel
If you need a negative COVID-19 test for international travel, you must have a PCR test and not a lateral flow test.
These must be done through private laboratories or pharmacies.
The standard NHS PCR test or lateral flow test cannot be used for travelling abroad.
Find out more about travelling abroad on GOV.UK.