COVID-19 : Community testing

Lateral flow tests (LFTs) help to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect our communities with the aim to get back to the things we love.

One in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and are asymptomatic. Community testing will help to identify these people, who are unwittingly infectious and could unknowingly spread the virus to others. Community testing helps to stop this transmission ring.

Who can be tested?

Anyone who lives and/or works in the Royal Borough.

Who cannot be tested?

People not permitted to attend the testing sites are:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Anyone currently isolating with COVID-19.

Before you visit

  • 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 slot in advance to avoid disappointment and a longer wait if slots are unavailable. 

Initial testing slots are 30 minutes.

Book a slot

For information about the lateral flow testing team, please see their privacy notice

Rescheduling or cancelling your appointments

To reschedule or cancel your appointment, please select the reschedule link at the bottom of your confirmation email, you will then be given the option to reschedule or cancel.

Alternatively, you can just drop in but there may not be slots available or there may be queues and a longer wait for testing.

Where can I get the rapid test?

Braywick Leisure Centre, Maidenhead SL6 1BN

Mondays : 6am - 1pm  and  4pm - 7pm.
Tuesdays : 8am - midday.
Wednesdays : 6am - 10am.
Thursdays : 6am - 10am and 4pm - 7pm.
Fri days : 6am - 10am and 4pm - 7pm.
Saturdays : 10am - 1pm.
Sundays : Closed.

Windsor Leisure Centre, Windsor SL4 5JB

Mondays: 6am - 1pm and 4pm - 7pm.
Tuesdays : 6am - 1pm and  4pm - 7pm. 
Wednesdays : 6 am - 10am.
Thursdays : 6am - 1pm and 4pm - 7pm. 
Fridays : 6am - 1pm and 4pm - 7pm.
Saturdays : Closed.
Sundays : 10am - 1pm.  

Free parking is allowed for 30 minutes. 

From Monday 26 April 2021 the opening times will be changed to the following for both sites

Monday to Friday:

Mondays : 6am - 11am  and  4pm - 7pm.
Tuesdays : 8am - midday.
Wednesdays : 6am - 10am.
Thursdays : 6am - 10am and 4pm - 7pm.
Fridays : 6am - 10am.

Saturday and Sunday:

Saturdays : 10am - 1pm.
Braywick Leisure Centre, Maidenhead SL6 1BN

Sundays : 10am - 1pm.
Windsor Leisure Centre, Windsor SL4 5JB

What will happen at these sites?

  • When you arrive, you will be directed to the entry queue point.
  • Wear a face mask, follow social distancing rules, and always follow instructions from test site staff.
  • Arrival by car – you will be directed to a parking bay and given registration instructions to self-register which should be completed inside your car. Once complete, you  will be directed to the entry queue point.
  • Arrival by foot – you will be directed to the entry queue point to register in the queue.
  • We will give you a registration card.
  • Self-registration – you will need a smartphone to self-register with your details, including phone number and email address. This process will take approximately 10 minutes. If you know your NHS number this will make the registration process quicker.
  • At the end of self-registration, there is a video you can watch which shows the self-swabbing process  that you will be doing for the test (should you wish to watch while waiting).
  • Site registration - a member of the team will be able to assist you with registration at the registration desk. We will ask for a mobile phone number or email address, to register you.
  • Staff will be on hand to assist you at every point of your visit.
  • Once registered, you will be directed to a private booth where you will swab your throat and nose.
  • Once you have completed the swab, you will pass this to a trained operator who will then complete the test process.
  • Once the test is completed, you will leave the test site and your results will be sent to you within 45 minutes by email / text or a phone call.
  • Please show consideration to local residents.

Cross border community testing

It may be that your nearest or most convenient testing centre is Bracknell, not the Royal Borough.  If this is the case, to book an appointment, please visit the rapid testing section on Bracknell Forest Council's website.

If you test positive

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.  
 

If you test negative

Testing negative is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card - you must continue to follow the England restrictions in place.

Remember:

  • Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home - use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you encounter with people you do not normally meet.
  • Space – stay at least two metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.

If you test negative but become symptomatic for coronavirus (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change to your sense of taste or smell) then you must get a traditional coronavirus test.

If you have any questions about community testing in the Royal Borough, please email: LFDT@rbwm.gov.uk.

If you do not receive an email response from from us, please check your junk and spam folders.

Universal Testing

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.