Your Covid testing options in Reading

Find out how to book and where Reading test sites are located.
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Article updated 19 October 2021

Locations of Covid PCR testing sites are changing in Reading from late October 2021.

The testing site at Prospect Park carpark is closing and a new site will open at Battle Street carpark. The University of Reading test site locations are also changing.

Local PCR test locations

  • Prospect Park carpark (closes permanently on October 25)
  • Battle Street carpark (opens 12pm October 28)
  • University of Reading, London Road Campus (closes permanently on October 15)
  • University of Reading, Car Park 11, Whiteknights Campus, via Pepper Lane, (opens 8am Monday October 18)
  • Test sites are open 8am-8pm, seven days a week, appointment only
  • Book your appointment, or request a PCR test in the post, online or by calling 119 

Who can book a PCR test?

You can request a free test if you have one or more of the following Covid symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

When should I book a test?

Ideally as soon as possible but within the first 8 days of symptoms.

Can I get a free PCR test to prove I'm fit to travel?

The government's free testing service is not for travel purposes. Read our article about local, paid-for PCR test companies.

What does the test involve?

People will be asked to use a long cotton bud to get a swab from inside their nose and back of the throat. Parents will be asked to do it on children aged 11 and below and staff are also available at test sites to assist if needed.

Can I leave home while I wait for my test date or home kit to arrive?

Read latest government  self-isolation guidance.

What if I'm worried about missing work because I tested positive?

You may be eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment if you meet certain criteria. You can also get other types of support while isolating. Find out more.

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