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Surge testing for COVID-19 variant

We are working with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care to carry out surge testing.

This will be in:

  • the GU47 0 area of Bracknell Forest
  • from Wednesday 16 June to Wednesday 30 June

The GU47 0 postcode was prioritised for surge testing based on high infection rate but low vaccine uptake. Low vaccine coverage further increases the risk of transmission and serious disease.

The surge testing will also apply to staff and pupils at all the borough’s secondary schools and colleges, as well as staff at all primary schools. Primary school children do not need to take part unless they attend Binfield CE Primary School, where a number of cases have been identified.

Who needs to get tested

You are strongly advised to get tested if all of these apply:

  • over 11 years old - year 7 or above
  • have no COVID-19 symptoms
  • live or work in GU47 0

Even if you have been vaccinated or are doing regular rapid lateral flow tests, you should still get tested.

You do not need to test if you have had a positive COVID-19 PCR test in the past 90 days.

Surge testing centres

If you live in GU47 0 please go to one of our dedicated surge testing centres to get tested. There's no need to book - just turn up.

Bracknell Leisure Centre

When: Wednesday 16 June to Wednesday 30 June, 2pm to 8pm

Where: Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 9SE

Site code: BFL - you will need this code to register your test

Pyes Acre car park

When: Wednesday 16 June to Wednesday 30 June, 8am to 8pm 

Where: Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9AH

Site code: VFH - you will need this code to register your test

Sandhurst Memorial Hall car park

When: Wednesday 16 June to Wednesday 30 June, 8am to 8pm

Where: Yorktown Rd, Sandhurst GU47 9BN

Site code: BITY - you will need this code to register your test

Owlsmoor Community Centre car park

When: Wednesday 16 June to Wednesday 30 June, 8am to 8pm

Where: Yeovil Rd, Owlsmoor, Sandhurst GU47 0TF

Site code: BITX - you will need this code to register your test

Morgan Recreation Ground car park

When: 8am to 8pm on:

  • Monday 21 June
  • Tuesday 22 June
  • Wednesday 23 June
  • Thursday 24 June
  • Saturday 26 June
  • Monday 28 June
  • Tuesday 29 June
  • Wednesday 30 June

Where: Lower Broadmoor Rd, Crowthorne RG45 7LA

Site code: VHI - you will need this code to register your test

Please do not order tests from GOV.UK or 119 unless you have symptoms. This is so that all PCR tests collected as part of the surge testing can be checked specifically for the variant.

If you are vulnerable and can’t get to a test site

If you live or work in the GU47 0 area and are clinically extremely vulnerable and do not feel safe attending a test site, or if you are a carer or have a disability or health issue which means it is difficult to leave your home to attend the test sites, tests can be done at home.

Volunteers will be available to deliver and collect test kits to those requiring tests at home, as well as those who are having to self-isolate and do not have a support network to assist with delivering shopping, collecting prescriptions or other essential tasks.

Contact Bracknell Forest Community Response in partnership with The Ark:

Please note, the service will revert to 6 day a week support after 30 June, 2021.

Vaccinations

We are working with our partners in the NHS to arrange additional vaccination provision during the surge period.

Additional COVID-19 vaccination appointments are being put in place to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the GU47 0 postcode area of Bracknell Forest.

COVID-19 vaccination first dose only – walk-in or pre-book

From Tuesday 22 June until Wednesday 30 June 2021, anyone aged 18 years or over living or working in the GU47 0 postcode area can receive their first COVID-19 vaccination at Waitrose Sports and Leisure Centre, Willoughby Road, Bracknell, RG12 8FP.

Simply walk in between the hours of 4pm and 7pm. The availability of slots is dependent on vaccine availability.

Alternatively, pre-book an appointment by:

COVID-19 vaccination second doses

For your second vaccination dose, you must pre-book your appointment.

You can book to have your second vaccination at the Waitrose Sports and Leisure Centre, even if you had your first vaccine elsewhere.

Pre-book an appointment by:

Please note that anyone aged 40 years and over or clinically extremely vulnerable, is encouraged to have their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 8 weeks after having their first. This is to make sure that priority groups have the strongest possible protection from the Delta variant of the virus at the earliest opportunity.

Outside of the GU47 0 postcode area

If you live outside of the GU47 0 postcode area, then you can book your vaccination appointments online at NHS.UK or by calling 119.

Why we are surge testing

The council requested surge testing locally as the borough’s case rate has been steadily rising again. It rose from 5.7 per 100,000 on 20 May to 96.3 on 4 June and the Delta variant is the most dominant locally.

A number of cases of the Delta variant (VOC 21-APR-02, first detected in India) are linked to schools. All affected schools have taken immediate action and have been working with PHE to notify all relevant contacts.

We are also aware of an increasing number of cases in the borough that have spread through wider community transmission rather than through a contained outbreak.

The council requested to start surge testing as soon as practically possible to help try and reduce the spread.

Thankfully, our hospital admission rates are not rising at the same rate which means people are not becoming as seriously ill as before. However, if dominant variants aren’t suppressed it can have an impact on the vaccination’s efficacy, so it’s vital that we reduce the spread.

National restrictions remain the same

You don't need to self-isolate unless you have symptoms, have tested positive and/or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive and have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

If you live in the surge testing area, national restrictions remain the same. Keep to the same level of social distancing precautions (hands, face, space and fresh air) that you do now. Read the full list of what you can and cannot do on GOV.UK.

You may be eligible for a £500 support payment if you can’t work due to yourself or your child having to self-isolate. Find out more on our test and trace support payments page.