A new rapid testing site is opening in Bracknell town centre on Tuesday, 30 March to enable people who work in, or visit the town centre for a permitted reason, to have regular asymptomatic lateral flow testing.
The new site at One Lexicon (High View House) will offer asymptomatic testing from 8am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Around one in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. By having regular asymptomatic testing, people are able to help stop the spread of the virus.
People can attend the centre during opening hours or book an appointment on the rapid testing page or by phoning 01344 352000. People with pre-booked appointments will receive priority. If you arrive without a pre-booked appointment, you may be asked to wait at a safe distance until there is availability.
The test used is called a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and it delivers the results within around 30 minutes.
If you test positive, you and your close contacts must isolate at home immediately. You must not go to work, school, or public areas and must not use public transport or taxis.
There is support available for those who have to self-isolate.
If people have symptoms, they must not attend a rapid test site and should isolate and book a PCR test on GOV.UK or by calling 119.
Other sites already offering rapid testing are at:
- Sandhurst Memorial Hall, Sandhurst
- Great Hollands Pavilion, Bracknell
- Brownlow Hall, Warfield
- The Morgan Centre, Crowthorne
- New Priestwood Community Centre, Bracknell.
Testing should be done twice a week with a 3 to 4 day gap between tests and can be arranged to fit around shift patterns. Details of locations and opening times at all sites can be found on the rapid testing page.
Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council and Chairman of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said:
“As we prepare to reopen the town centre, the testing centre at One Lexicon will provide us with a more safe and secure way to ensure the reduction of risk from the virus in our community. The more people who get regular testing, the more confident people can be of not being the person who is spreading the virus without knowing.”
Rob Morris general manager at The Lexicon, said:
“We welcome the opening of a new rapid testing centre at One Lexicon. It will provide an easily accessible resource not only for our retailers but other local people requiring a free asymptomatic testing service.”