COVID testing for people with no symptoms

From 9 April, everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

1 in 3 people with coronavirus don’t have any symptoms and can spread the virus without knowing. Twice-weekly rapid testing enables us to find these cases and prevent the spread of infection.  We’re asking everyone to get into the habit of taking regular tests.

There are several ways to access regular testing.

Workplace testing

Thousands of employers are offering testing in the workplace. This includes testing sites, where you can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is the best route for you to access rapid tests.

Community testing


Local councils have community testing sites where you can go to take a supervised test. You can find your nearest site on the NHS test finder or book a test at one of Reading’s test centres.

There are 3 community testing centres in Reading at:

  • Rivermead Leisure Centre
  • South Reading Leisure Centre – this site will close from 14th May
  • Reading Town Hall

Our community testing centres do not currently have home test kits for collection, but we hope to offer this service in future.

NHS Test & Trace sites

Sites across the country offer testing for people who are symptomatic in the morning, and the option to collect home test kits in the afternoon. You can find your nearest site on the NHS test finder.

Pharmacy collection

Thousands of pharmacies across England have signed up to offer pharmacy collect. When launched, you will be able to go to a participating pharmacy and pick up a free box of tests to use at home. The NHS test finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collect. Over the coming weeks more and more pharmacies will be signing up.

Educational testing

Secondary and college students are being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.

Order tests to your home

For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or through 119, which will be delivered to your home.

After your test

If you take a supervised test at a test site, your result will be recorded.  If you test at home, you should register your results online or by calling 119.

If your result is negative you do not need to do anything. Continue to take a regular test twice a week.

If your result is positive, you should isolate immediately. If you took your test at home you should book a PCR test to confirm the result through the national booking system online  or by calling 119.