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Surge testing continues in Bracknell Forest

Surge testing

Thank you to all residents and people who work in GU47 0 who have come forward for surge testing already.  

If you live or work in the GU47 0 area have not yet had a PCR test as part of the surge testing programme, the test sites will be open until Wednesday 30 June, and we urge these people to come forward.

Testing is for everyone (aged over 11 years or Year 7) even if they have had their vaccinations or are doing regular lateral flow tests.

The sites are located at:

  • Sandhurst Memorial Hall car park (8am to 8pm)
  • Owlsmoor Community Centre car park (8am to 8pm)
  • Bracknell Leisure Centre (2pm to 8pm)
  • Morgan Recreation Ground car park (8am to 8pm)

The testing is identifying those who have the virus without symptoms and therefore need to self-isolate. Support is available for those who need to self-isolate, including practical support and financial support for those who are eligible.  

Testing has also been taking place for all school staff in the borough and all pupils in secondary schools.

Charlotte Pavitt, Consultant in Public Health for Bracknell Forest Council said:

"We would like to thank all of you who live or work in the GU47 0 area who have come forward for surge testing so far.

"We are grateful for your assistance in the testing process and for helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are also very grateful for the fantastic team of volunteers who have helped to keep the testing sites running smoothly, delivered tests to vulnerable residents and helped to keep everyone informed of the activity that has been going on.

"This work will continue up until 30 June and we hope to see many more residents come along for their tests."

In addition to the surge testing, people living and working in the GU47 0 area are encouraged to take up both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by using one of two walk in services that have been set up locally. Availability of slots is dependent on vaccine availability.

They are as follows:

  • Waitrose Sports and Leisure Centre, Willoughby Road, Bracknell RG12 8FP
    • until 30 June - between 8:30am to 7pm (Pfizer and AstraZeneca each day)
  • Vaccination site at Birch Hill Medical Centre
    • Monday 28 June - 9am to 5pm (Pfizer vaccines available)
    • Tuesday 29 June - 1pm to 7pm (Pfizer vaccines available)
    • Wednesday 30 June - 8am to 6pm (Pfizer vaccines available)

If you will be using one of the walk-in sites to have your first dose, you will have your vaccination record updated online and will then be able to book in your second dose appointment using the national booking system.

If you’ll be attending either site to have your second dose, then you will need to make sure that it has been at least 8 weeks since your first dose.

Even if you already have your second dose appointment booked, you can still use the walk-in service. Please cancel your original appointment to allow it to be reallocated.  If your second dose was booked via the national booking system, you will need to go to NHS.UK or call 119 to cancel. If you booked by a local vaccination service, you will need to contact them to cancel.

Free transport to the Waitrose Sport and Leisure Centre is available for those with no access to transport via the Keep Mobile service.

To book transport contact Keep Mobile on 0345 544 0850.

This service is available to people with no access to transport or who are vulnerable and therefore cannot use public transport.  Keep Mobile is running this service for people from the GU47 0 area to the Waitrose Sports and Leisure Centre vaccination centre.

Getting your second dose is vital to getting longer lasting and maximum protection offered by the vaccines, with recent research also showing they are highly effective against the Delta strain of the virus.