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Taking a test at a rapid test centre

Your test

Before your test

Do not eat or drink 30 minutes before your test.

You cannot take the test if you have had a nosebleed in the past 24 hours.

Help or assistance

Centre staff are on hand to offer advice and guidance on carrying out the test. If you require assistance with the testing process, you can be accompanied by a carer to help carry out the test.

All our sites have disabled access.

If you have specific enquiries regarding access or requiring assistance with the test, please email or call 01344 352000.

What to bring to the test centre

Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your appointment. You will need the following:

  • a smart phone that can read a QR code - if you do not have one, one will be provided to you at the site 
  • a mobile phone number or email address to be able to receive your result - you can give the mobile number or email address of a family member or friend if you don’t have your own
  • hand sanitiser, although some will be provided at the test site
  • a face covering (unless you are exempt)

Do not attend if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating for another reason. If you have symptoms, please book an NHS test online or by calling 119.

At the test centre

When you arrive at the test centre, please keep to the instructions given:

  • if you need to queue, please keep to the 2 metre social distancing rule
  • face coverings must be worn at all times unless you are exempt
  • the test centre will operate a one-way system to manage the flow of people
  • please use hand sanitisers on entry and exit of the test site -there is ongoing cleaning of the site
  • our test team will check your booking and direct you to the registration point
  • at the registration point, you will receive a test kit, QR code, and three barcodes
  • you will be directed to a booth where you will swab your throat and nose and attach a barcode to the Lateral Flow Device with support from a testing helper
  • if you have a nose piercing, you must swab the nostril without the piercing 
  • if you have throat issues, swab both nostrils instead
  • a member of staff will take the sample for analysis

A video showing you how to carry out the self-test is at the bottom of this page.

After your test

Once the test is handed in, please leave the test site immediately. 

Your results will be sent to you by text or email in about 30 minutes.

Your result will be shared with Public Health England, NHS Test and Trace and Bracknell Forest Council.

Your result

Positive result

If your result is positive, return home (not using public transport) and self-isolate along with everyone in your household for 10 days.

NHS Test and Trace will contact you.

If you test positive with the rapid lateral flow test, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Eligible individuals who test positive will be entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace.

Negative result

If your result is negative, you do not need to isolate.

As with all tests, there is some chance that the test has not picked up that you have COVID-19.

Please continue to be vigilant and follow national guidelines. You should regularly get tested if you are continuing with essential, public facing work. We recommend you get tested twice a week, every 3 to 4 days, to fit your working pattern – for example, every Monday and Thursday, Tuesday and Friday, Wednesday and Saturday, Friday and Monday.

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, make sure you book an NHS test online or by ringing 119.

Void result

If the test result was unable to give a positive or negative result, please book to come for another rapid test.

If you do not get your test result

All test results are managed by the national NHS Test and Trace Service. If you do not receive your test results following a test at any of our test locations within 6 hours, please call 119 and provide the advisor with the time, date and site ID of your test as shown below, with your mobile number or email address. If NHS Test and Trace cannot find your test results, you will need to re-book a new test.

Site IDs for Bracknell Forest testing sites

Site IDs for Bracknell Forest testing sites

Site Name

Site ID

Great Hollands Pavilion


One Lexicon (Highview House)


How to take your test