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More rapid testing centres go live

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Rapid covid testing will be available across the borough from next week as another hub and mobile sites go live.

Rapid testing – also known as community covid testing – is already available at The Centre, Farnham Road. 

But now residents can book appointments for the new hub at Langley College Sports Hall, Langley Road for Tuesday 19 January onwards and a range of mobile sites which will be changing weekly.

The first two mobile sites are:

  • The Britwell Centre, Wentworth Avenue, Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 January from 10am to 6pm
  • The Hindu Temple, Keel Drive, Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 January from 10am to 6pm

Both are taking bookings for 15 minute slots.

More information on rapid testing, why people should take part and the link to book an appointment at any of the sites can be found here 

Mobile sites coming on stream later in the programme schedule will not be able to be booked until nearer the time. 

Anyone who wishes to know if they have covid but doesn’t have symptoms can be tested with a rapid test. People administer the tests themselves and results are sent by text or email in under an hour. 

Unfortunately we cannot test under 12s or those who are still in the 10-day isolation period after being in contact with a covid positive person – though when the isolation period is over people are very welcome to pop along for test. 

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “The full mass testing programme has now begun and I would encourage residents to take up the offer of these free tests.

“For those who test negative it can give peace of mind; as though people still have to stick to the lockdown rules they will know, at least for now, they aren’t passing it on to their family.

“For those who test positive it means they can take immediate action to protect themselves and their loved ones by isolating and ensuring they are no longer spreading it to others. 

“No one wants to be in a position where they are accidently spreading what can be a deadly illness to other people – this is your chance to make sure you are not.”

Published: 15 January 2021