COVID-19 : Community testing

From Monday 8 February to Wednesday 31 March 2021 the borough is offering lateral flow tests to public facing workers across the Royal Borough, twice a week, who cannot work from home.

Who can be tested?

People who work and/or live in the borough and cannot work from home:

  • Care home staff who cannot access testing at work.
  • Charities and voluntary groups.
  • Children’s social workers and associated staff.
  • Communal living establishments e.g. hostels, YMCA etc.
  • Construction workers, trades and delivery drivers.
  • Education or childcare settings not covered by existing schools testing e.g. early years and nursery workers, children homes, childminders, school nurses, specialist teachers and service staff (including catering and transport staff not employed directly by a school), volunteers who support these services.
  • Emergency workers (police, fire, prison).
  • Essential manufacturing and distribution.
  • Essential retail – including click and collect venues.
  • Health visitors.
  • Home care workers.
  • Informal carers and support workers.
  • Medium sized local businesses (generally businesses between 50 and 250 staff) unable to practically access institutional testing.
  • Opticians and optician staff.
  • Postal workers.
  • Public sector workers e.g. local government.
  • Road transport drivers and other drivers and transport operatives e.g. public transport, taxi firms, couriers, community transport etc.
  • Religious staff.
  • Road maintenance.
  • Security and grounds persons.
  • Small or local businesses (generally less than 50 staff), sole traders or self-employed citizens.
  • Social care workers.
  • Supported living workers.
  • Undertakers, mortuary, and crematorium assistants.
  • Utility workers e.g. telephone, power, and water etc.
  • Vets and veterinary staff.
  • Waste management e.g. refuse and salvage occupations, street cleaners.

Who cannot be tested?

While the country is in lockdown, everyone should be following the guidance to stay at home - only leaving the home for essential journeys. People not permitted to attend the testing sites are:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Anyone that can work from home.
  • Anyone currently isolating with COVID-19.
  • Royal Borough residents who should be staying at home.

Why be tested?

The tests will 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.

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. 

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

Community testing sites for people who need to leave home for work or volunteering are also running in Bracknell Forest.  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

You will receive your result from NHS Test and Trace via text message and email (or by phone if you do not have a mobile or internet).

If you test positive using a rapid test, you must self-isolate immediately – that means not leaving the house for any reason.

Everyone you live with will be a ‘close contact’ and must also self-isolate for ten days.

Contact tracing will be initiated through the Local Contact Tracing Team and other close contacts will be advised to quarantine for ten days.

Positive results from tests will be collected by NHS Test and Trace and published as part of the daily case numbers, including how many positive cases are detected with this new method of testing. NHS COVID-19 app users should input their results into the app.

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.


  • 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: