Community Collect is a new COVID-19 home testing scheme for anyone who lives and/or works in the Royal Borough.
The scheme is part of central Government’s gradual easing of lockdown restrictions. One in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. These tests will help identify people who could unknowingly spread the virus to others and will help stop the spread of coronavirus so we can all get back to doing the things we love.
How it works?
- We are asking anyone aged 18 or over to book a free COVID-19 LFT (lateral flow test) before they collect their test kits. This is so that experienced testing staff can help you perform the test so you’re confident to perform the test at home. It will help keep queueing time to a minimum.
- After you’ve had your LFT test, you can collect your home test kits from the same test centre. You will be able to collect a maximum of two packs which each contain seven home test kits.
- When you get home, you should use your test kit to perform a test twice a week.
- Step-by-step instructions are included with the test kit. A video demonstration and alternative language versions are available online. You can also call 119 and request a translation service.
Where to go?
The lateral flow tests can be booked at one of our existing community testing sites at Braywick and Windsor Leisure Centres. After you’ve had your LFT test, you can collect your home testing kit from whichever test centre you are at.
- Braywick Leisure Centre, Maidenhead SL6 1BN
- Windsor Leisure Centre, Windsor SL4 5JB
For opening hours, please enter one of the postcodes above on the test centre website.
Before you visit our test centres
- If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should not attend the centres, but instead book a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test at a local testing site by visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
- Provide a mobile phone number or email address when you register for a test online.
- Bring your mobile phone and make sure it's charged. If you do not have a mobile phone, there will be facilities at the site to register.
- Bring a face mask.
- You may have to queue for a short time. Queueing is outside, so wear appropriate clothing.
- There is no seating or toilet facilities on site.
- No food or drink will be permitted on site.
Book a test slot
We strongly encourage you to book a LFT test in advance of collecting your at home test kits. Initial testing slots are 30 minutes.
If you test positive in a lateral flow test (LFT) you and the people you live with should self-isolate immediately. In addition, you now need to take a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test immediately.
If the PCR test is done within 48 hours, and your result comes back negative, NHS Test & Trace will contact you and your household and release you from self-isolation. If your follow-up confirmatory PCR test is taken too late (whatever the result), you and your household must continue to self-isolate for the full ten days.
The fastest way to book a PCR test is via the government’s Covid-19 website www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119. You can leave your home while self-isolating to attend a government PCR test site. PCR tests are free.
If you test negative from your LFT will not need to isolate or take a confirmatory PCR test.
Under this government scheme, everyone in England is now encouraged to take twice-weekly tests - even vaccinated you can still pass on the virus.
Regular testing and the vaccine rollout are key in the government's plans to restart the economy, suppress and control the spread of variants, and allow us to do the things we miss.
You have options where to access rapid lateral flow tests:
- Book in for a test under our Community Testing at either Braywick or Windsor Leisure Centres.
- Collect your tests to use at home under our Community Collect scheme at either Braywick or Windsor Leisure Centres.
- Visit our drive-through collect service at Ascot Racecourse (car park 3) Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am to midday.
- Collect them from a local pharmacy.
- Be tested via your employers’ testing scheme.
- Be tested via education settings (nursery, school, college and university) if you work there or attend as a student.
- Order them online from gov.uk to be sent to your home.
For more details about these different options visit the rapid testing site on the NHS website.