One in three individuals carry COVID-19 with no symptoms at all and without realising it. Rapid asymptomatic testing is important in breaking the chain of transmission. From Monday 29 March the rapid test centres in Bracknell Forest will be offering a community collect service for home kits alongside the current rapid test service.
Pupils and staff at secondary schools and colleges will be provided with twice weekly test kits by their schools or colleges. However, households of all early years, school and college pupils and staff are required to make their own arrangements to access these kits. This includes households of children who attend nurseries and childminders.
Primary and pre-school age children do not require tests, however, anyone within the household or support or childcare bubble is required to be tested to help identify asymptomatic cases and break the chain of transmission. Households can now pick up their supplies from these local centres.
Regular asymptomatic testing should also be carried out by anyone leaving home for permitted reasons such as work, volunteering, caring responsibilities, essential shopping and exercise.
There are 4 ways people can have regular asymptomatic testing within Bracknell Forest.
- from their employer if they are providing regular testing
- by having a test at a rapid test centre
- by collecting their supply of home tests from a community collect centre
- if you are unable to attend one of the sites, by ordering home test kits from GOV.UK
The community collect and rapid test sites are at:
- Sandhurst Memorial Hall, Sandhurst
- Great Hollands Pavilion, Bracknell
- Brownlow Hall, Warfield
- The Morgan Centre, Crowthorne
- New Priestwood Community Centre, Bracknell
- One Lexicon, Bracknell (opening 30 March)
Opening times for each centre can be found on the rapid test page.
The tests are simple to do. Individuals will be encouraged to undertake one supervised test at one of the rapid test centres, where trained staff are on hand to offer advice and guidance, and will then be able to take a supply of tests with them to continue to test at home.
Asymptomatic tests should be carried out twice weekly, with a three to four-day gap between tests.
If people have symptoms or have tested positive at home, it is essential that they and their close contacts isolate at home immediately. They must not go to work, school, or public areas and must not use public transport or taxis. They must not attend a rapid test site and should isolate and book a PCR test at GOV.UK or by calling 119.
There is support available for those who have to self-isolate.
A positive result from a test undertaken at a rapid test centre does not require a confirmatory PCR test but will require self-isolation.
Rapid LFD tests are not suitable for use if you have symptoms. If you have symptoms you should book a PCR test at GOV.UK or by calling 119 and not use the LFD test.
More information, including a video of how to carry out home testing, can be found on the rapid testing page.