Reading people can now pick up quick Covid home testing kits from local pharmacies

From April 9, the government is making lateral flow tests available for free so people with no symptoms can regularly check if they have Covid-19.
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Reading people can now pick up free home testing kits from a variety of local pharmacies to check if they have Covid-19.

The move is part of government plans to make it easier for the general public to access lateral flow tests, which give results in 30 minutes, and are aimed at people who don’t have any symptoms.

You can check which pharmacy closest to you that can visit to pick up kits, on a new online finder here: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/#.

Reading pharmacy pick-up locations

(Information correct as of 9 April 2021, from NHS Test and Trace website)

  • Triangle Pharmacy/Enimed; 88-90 School Road, RG31 5AW
  • Asda in-store pharmacy; 88-90 School Road, RG31 5AW
  • Overdown Pharmacy/Enimed; 5 The Colonnade, RG31 6PR
  • Tilehurst Pharmacy/Enimed; 7 School Road, RG31 5AR
  • Southcote Pharmacy; 36 Coronation Square, RG30 3QN
  • Western Elms Pharmacy/Enimed; 351-353 Oxford Road, RG30 1AY
  • Grovelands Pharmacy/Enimed; 2 Grovelands Road, RG30 2NY
  • Tesco in-store pharmacy; Portman Road, RG30 1AH
  • Newdays Pharmacy; 60 Wensley Road, RG1 6DJ
  • Erleigh Rd Pharmacy/Enimed; 85-87 Erleigh Road, RG1 5NN
  • Whitley Wood Pharmacy/Enimed; 534 Northumberland Avenue, RG2 8NY
  • Whitley 277 Pharmacy; 277 Basingstoke Road, RG2 0JA
  • Enimed/next to Balmore Park Surgery; 59 Hemdean Road, RG4 7SS
  • Markand Pharmacy; 122 Henley Road, RG4 6DH

Secondary school children are being given test kits by schools to bring home, while essential workers can also book supervised lateral flow tests at three community locations: Rivermead Leisure Centre, South Reading Lesiure Centre and a new location of Reading Town Hall.

If you do have symptoms, people should instead self-isolate and book a PCR test, which is considered more accurate but results take longer to get back.

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