Covid-19 surge testing underway in Reading

Surge testing is underway for residents and workers over the age of 12 in the following postcode areas:  

  • RG1 3**
  • RG1 5**
  • RG1 6**
  • RG1 7**

Testing takes place from Monday 7 June until Sunday 20 June. There is currently no change to local restrictions in the light of this testing. You can still travel to work and school in the affected areas. Please continue to follow public health advice and national guidelines to minimise the spread of the virus

You can use our surge testing address lookup to check to see if you live or work in the surge testing area.

You should take the test even if:  

  • you don’t have symptoms 
  • you have received one or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. 
  • have been taking regular Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) or ‘Rapid tests’ 

You should not take the test if:  

  • you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days using a PCR test 

Getting a test

You can order a test online from or by calling 119. 

Alternatively, you can access a test by attending a local test site from Monday 7 June. No appointment is needed:   

Reading Town Hall Blagrave St, Reading RG1 1QH Mon-Friday: 07:00–20:00
Saturday: 12:00–20:00
(closed Sundays)
Prospect Park Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND 14.00-20.00 Walk-up
Reading University London Road, Crown Place, Reading RG1 5AQ 14.00-20.00 Walk-up
Reading University Car Park 7 Reading University, RG6 6DR 12:00-18:00 Drive or walk-up
Thames Valley Park & Ride Earley, RG6 1PQ 07:30- 13:30 and 14:30- 20:30 Drive or walk-up
Wokingham Borough Council Shute End, RG40 1BN 12:00-18:00 Drive or walk-up
Cantley Park Event Field Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU 12:00-18:00 Drive or walk-up
Headley Road Car park 6 Headley Road, Reading, RG5 4JA 12:00-18:00 Drive or walk-up
Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Business Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1WG 08.00-20.00 (closed Sundays) Drive or walk-up
Sindlesham Court Sindlesham, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 5EA 08.00-20.00 (closed Sundays) Drive or walk-up

You’ll get a text or email with your result within 3 days. If you do not have symptoms you can continue to go to work or school while you wait for your results. 

If you test positive from the surge testing you must:  

About surge testing 

Reading Borough Council is working with NHS Test and Trace to carry out surge testing to find and isolate as many cases as possible, and therefore prevent the spread of the virus further.      

There is currently no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness. 

You can find full details of the current Covid-19 guidelines at 

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