Free testing for COVID-19

Lateral Flow Tests : Community Collect : Suspended

We have suspended our Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) Community Collect scheme at our leisure centres, as we await delivery of our next order of home use LFT kits. 

However, our LFT Assisted Testing at Braywick Leisure Centre remains open as normal for residents – please see Option 3 below.

We will let you know when we receive our home kit LFTs delivery for Community Collect. In the meantime, for alternative sources of home test kits visit Rapid lateral flow coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.

(Added: 13/01/2022)

Getting tested for COVID-19 if you do not have symptoms

You should take rapid lateral flow tests (LFTs) before mixing with others at busy or high risk locations, or before meeting a vulnerable person for prolonged periods. This regular testing will help identify asymptomatic cases and stop the spread of the virus.

Whether positive or negative, you must register your result online or by calling 119. This allows public health to track the virus.

Your testing options

Option 1: Workplace testing programmes

You may have the option of taking part in workplace testing on-site or at home – ask your employer in the first instance if this is available.

Option 2: Secondary school and college testing

If you are at secondary school or college, you will have the option of taking part in testing at your school or college, or through LFT kits provided for you to test at home.

The tests provided should only be used for testing the people they were supplied for. 

Option 3: Rapid testing at one of our Community Testing sites

Anyone over the age of 16 can book or drop-in at our Royal Borough testing sites:

Braywick Leisure Centre, Maidenhead SL6 1BN:

Mondays : 8am - 12pm midday.
Tuesdays : 8am - 12pm midday.
Thursdays : 8am - 12pm and 4pm - 7pm.

Free parking is available for 30 minutes. Wear a face covering.

The LFT involves you taking a swab of the back of your throat and inside your nose.

The swab is given to trained staff at the test centre who process the test on-site. You receive your results within an hour by text or email. 

Book a test slot

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.

Option 4: Community Collect for home testing 

This is not available at present.

Option 5: Pharmacy collect

You can collect home test kits from local pharmacies. You can check online to find out which pharmacies are participating and when they are open.

Option 6: Test kits delivered to your home

You can order test kits online to be sent to your home if you are unable to visit a test centre, access workplace testing or collect them.

If you test positive

Self-isolation rules have changed. You will not need to self-isolate in certain situations.

Please see the NHS website for information about when to self isolate and what to do.

If you test negative

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 take a PCR test.