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Rapid testing site at The Meadows, Sandhurst

Lateral flow test

A mobile rapid testing site will be at The Meadows, Sandhurst on Wednesday, 14 April between 10am and 5pm. The mobile site will be offering lateral flow tests for asymptomatic people and community collect for those wishing to do the tests at home.

Regular rapid testing is now available to all adults in England to detect those who are asymptomatic and help stop the spread. Lateral flow tests are simple to do and the results are delivered in just 30 minutes. No appointment is necessary for the mobile rapid testing site.

Bracknell Forest Council has 6 rapid testing sites which have carried out over 10,000 tests in the past 2 months.

Charlotte Pavitt, Public Health consultant at Bracknell Forest Council, said:

“One in three people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms and can be unknowingly spreading the virus. Rapid testing helps us find asymptomatic cases that we wouldn’t otherwise know about, ensuring individuals can self-isolate quickly, which in turn helps break the chain of transmission. These tests are effective in detecting people that are infectious but have no symptoms and therefore most likely to transmit infection to others, it is important to test regularly even if you have been vaccinated.

“They are another tool we now have to help maintain lower infection rates. We encourage everyone to take up the offer of these free rapid tests and test twice a week – they are quick and easy to carry out either in a testing site or in your own home.”

Rapid testing and Community Collect sites in Bracknell Forest can be found at:

  • One Lexicon, Bracknell
  • Great Hollands Pavilion, Bracknell,
  • The Morgan Centre, Crowthorne.
  • Sandhurst Memorial Hall, Sandhurst
  • New Priestwood Community Centre, Bracknell
  • Brownlow Hall, Warfield (reopens 17 April)

To find out more about rapid testing in Bracknell Forest visit the rapid testing page.

If a lateral flow test is positive you must self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test at GOV.UK or by calling 119.

It is very important that anyone who has the virus, or might have been exposed to it, avoids all social interaction for 10 days, as this will help stop the spread of coronavirus. By self-isolating when required, you are helping to protect others around you, reducing transmission and saving lives.

For advice on self-isolation and the support available visit the self-isolation page.