Covid-19 Tests - How To Get Your Free Test

Residents are encouraged to make regular testing a habit by taking a FREE Lateral Flow Test (LFT) even if they have no symptoms. This article also includes a video of how to do a test.
woman putting swab in nose to test for covid

To ensure we are all doing our part to protect ourselves and those around us, it’s important that we test for Covid-19. Tests are widely available throughout the borough to collect at test centres, pharmacies, or order online. The two main tests used for Covid-19 are:

  • PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction) – for people with symptoms, with swabs sent to a lab to get results
  • Rapid Lateral Flow Test (LFT) – for people without symptoms, providing results in under 30 minutes

It’s important to get tested even if you are asymptomatic because 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect other people.

To find out where you can collect rapid lateral flow tests in the borough, visit Wokingham Council Covid-19 testing webpage where you can see a list of test centres and opening times. If you have symptoms, you should book a PCR test on the website – either to be sent to your home or for an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through site.

The video below demonstrates how you do the Lateral Flow Test. Below that is a video for those who are Deaf or hard of hearing. The following link provides instructions in different languages. 

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