Surge testing

Updated: 18 June 2021

Covid surge testing began on 16 June following an increase in cases in the town. 

Areas it affects

The special testing arrangements, approved by government on 11 June, offers free covid PCR testing:

  • to all residents in three main postcode areas of the town:
    • SL1 3
    • SL2 1
    • SL2 5
  • businesses in the areas and
  • all schools and colleges across the town. 

What happens now

Residents in the target areas can expect to have special teams knocking on their doors to explain surge testing from Wednesday 16 June and to offer a series of ways to do the PCR tests:

  • at home
  • at local mobile testing units
  • with assistance if required.

They will also get a postcard through their doors informing them of the surge testing and that council teams will be visiting. It also gives advice on the safety of the visits with teams having strong ID, specific lanyards and being in pairs.

Business will also have tests dropped off for them which they can return to a mobile testing unit – or, depending on the size of the business a specific mobile testing unit will be arranged. 

All schools across the town will have tests delivered with secondary schools asked to test all staff and pupils and primary schools asked to test all staff only; with schools with outbreaks offered a specific mobile testing unit. 

Mobile site locations

The mobile testing sites are now open at:

  • The Centre, Farnham Road - Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 8am to 4pm
  • Town Square, High Street – Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 8am to 4pm
  • Arbour Park, Stoke Road – Monday to Sunday 12noon to 6pm
  • From tomorrow (Saturday 19 June) there will also be a centre at the Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara, Woodland Avenue, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Vaccinations

Residents across the borough are encouraged to get their vaccinations as soon as possible – booking first doses or bringing forward second doses if possible. More information here on the surge vaccine drop-in clinics now available. No appointment needed.