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New lateral flow test collection points on campus

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In line with government guidance for everyone in England to take regular rapid asymptomatic lateral flow tests, staff and students can now pick up free home test kits (a pack of seven) from the following collection points on campus:

  • Library Café: Monday to Friday – 10:00 – 16:00
  • Park Eat:  Monday to Friday – 10:00 – 16:00

The new collection points aim to make COVID-19 testing as easy and straightforward as possible.

When you pick up a pack of home test kits and scan your Campus Card, you will also be automatically entered into a weekly free prize draw to win a £10 voucher to spend at Park Eat, the Dairy, or Library Café! Terms and conditions apply (PDF –124KB).

Please note: If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, you should take a PCR test as soon as possible, rather than a lateral flow test.

What happens when I go to collect my home test kits?

When collecting your home test kits, you are required to scan your Campus Card. The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) requires the University to collect certain information about people collecting home test kits, and we are processing this on their instructions. We may need to contact you if, for example, any faulty home test kits need to be recalled. View the DHSC privacy notice.

It's really important to keep your contact details up-to-date on RISIS - in particular your mobile phone number - so we can contact you if needed.

As previously mentioned, by scanning your Campus Card you will also be entered into our weekly prize draw to win a £10 voucher that can be used at Park Eat, the Dairy, or the Library Café. Fifteen winners will be chosen each week between Monday 24 May and Friday 18 June. Terms and conditions apply (PDF –124KB).

Where else can I get a home test kit?

Please note: The government recommends that you take three assisted lateral flow tests at a testing centre to familiarise yourself with the process before using home test kits. Our testing centre at the SportsPark continues to operate on Mondays and Thursday mornings until the end of May - book a test appointment at the SportsPark. You can also find other local sites offering assisted lateral flow tests on the government website.

  • London Road testing centre - You can pick up home test kits without an appointment at the NHS walk-in test centre at The Great Hall on our London Road campus.
  • By post - If you can’t collect a home test kit from campus, you can order a pack of seven test kits from the NHS to be delivered to your home quickly by post.
  • From a local pharmacy

You can also collect home test kits from many local pharmacies, including:

Closest to Shinfield Road:

-          Lloyds Pharmacy, 69 Christchurch Road, Reading, RG2 7AZ

-          Enimed, 85-87 Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5NN

-          P.S.G Pharma, 105 Wokingham Road, Reading, RG6 1LN

Closest to Earley Gate:

- Boots, 5 The Parade, Silverdale Road, Earley, RG6 7NZ

Closest to London Road:

-          Enimed, 195 London Road, Reading, RG1 3NX

To find out about other pharmacies near you offering home test kits, please visit the government website.

For more information on testing, including what to do if you get a positive/negative result and how to report it, please view the COVID-19: rapid non-symptomatic testing page.

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