New walk-in Covid-19 testing facility to open at Prospect Park in Reading – Berkshire Live

A new walk-in Covid-19 testing facility is opening in Reading’s Prospect Park on Friday.

The site is designed for people to walk-in and take a test meaning it is pedestrian access only – people will be unable to access the park by taxi or public transport due to social distance requirements.

Prospect Park has been used as a mobile testing site since October 2020, with the new walk-in site operating from 8am-8pm during the next three to six months.

To set up the site for COVID-19 testing, the car park will be closed from 6pm on January 20 until 9am on January 22 – however there will still be some limited car parking spots for those using the park to exercise while the recycling bottle banks will be relocated to another location in the park.

Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Health, said: “I’m delighted we’ve secured another permanent local testing site in Reading at Prospect Park. With increasing infection rates in Reading it’s vital to get a test if you have COVID symptoms, however mild – 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.

“We’re hopeful of a successful and rapid vaccine roll out over the next few weeks and months, protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. The next few weeks and possible months will be challenging.

“The simple but effective measures of washing your hands frequently especially when you return home from shopping or exercise, wearing a face covering and making space at least 2 metres, will help to protect you and your families from catching or transmitting the virus.”

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Only those who pre-book an appointment can take the test. It involves taking a swab of your nose and the back of your throat – which might cause a feeling of mild discomfort but you will not feel any pain. You can perform the swab yourself or get someone else to do it for you – with results coming the next day.

If you can’t get to the site or Reading University’s London Road campus for a test, you can ask to be sent a home testing kit, instead.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you can get a free swab test by booking here or calling 119.

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