Local Covid test sites

Reading has two walk-though COVID testing sites, to help people get easier access to testing:

  • Prospect Park Car Park
  • University of Reading London Road Campus

Both sites are open seven days a week 8am to 8pm and are pedestrian access only and easily accessible without a car.

People being tested should observe social distancing, to not travel by taxi or public transport and wear a face covering including on their journey to and from the testing centre. Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance at the time of booking on getting to and from the test site safely. 

Test must be booked in advance and you can expect your test result the next day, anyone attending without an appointment will not be tested. Please book a test as soon as you start to experience Coronavirus symptoms however mild; a high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, to help stop the spread of the virus.

After your test please make sure you isolate and continue to isolate as per NHS requirements if you receive a positive test result, to reduce and prevent transmission of the virus in our community. Find out more about isolating on the NHS website.

The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted). Those being tested may experience some mild discomfort but it should not hurt.

COVID tests can only be booked via the national system:

  • Book a test online
  • By phone call 119 or
  • Via the NHS COVID-19 app, select ‘Check symptoms’

Residents who are unable to walk to the local testing sites at Prospect Park or the University of Reading London Road campus, will be able to request a home testing kit is sent to them or provided with options of their nearest drive-through test site at their time of booking a test.

Watch this video for more information on visiting a local test site (4 minutes in length).