West Berks Council is offering parents and those who interact with children on a regular basis the chance to pick up free Covid-19 test packs from Chieveley Village Hall and Recreation Ground on Mondays from 3.45-4.3pm, starting on Monday April 12th.

  • Each qualifying adult will be able to collect one box of seven testing kits per week.
  • This is a four week trial which will become permanent should sufficient demand exist.

The full statement from West Berks can be read below.

 “As part of the Government’s plan to target asymptomatic people to prevent the spread of COVID-19, home testing kits are now available to people who live in households with children, are part of childcare bubbles, or interact with children on a regular basis (school staff, scout leaders, school bus drivers).  These are available to be ordered online through gov.uk but also from the Council’s 4 asymptomatic testing sites in Hungerford, Burghfield, Newbury and Thatcham. 

However, in an effort to reach a wider number of people and encourage the use of home testing,  West Berkshire Council is launching a Community Collect mobile offer visiting areas across the District at the same time each week in order that residents can collect a box of 7 testing kits to be done at home.   This will launch on Monday 12th April. 

If you have a child aged 18 or under, work with children or interact with children on a regular basis, you are entitled to collect a box of test kits.  Please be advised that due to supply issues we will be limiting this to one box per adult (possibly 2) until we know the demand and national supplies are fully operational.   This new mobile channel is intended to supplement the other channels open to you for testing which are currently;

  • For asymptomatic testing (not displaying symptoms) at one of our four testing sites – bookings can be made using, https://www.westberks.gov.uk/lft  although a booking is not essential and you can walk in.  This is now open to all residents.  Please check the website for opening times and days of these sites, particularly over Easter.
  • Home test kits for those in a household with children or a childcare bubble can order online from gov.uk to have a box delivered to your home address, or collect from one of our four testing sites or now from this mobile trial option.

Remember if you are displaying symptoms, you need to book a test through the PCR testing site here https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

 It is important to note that even if you have been vaccinated, you may still catch Coronavirus (although your symptoms are likely be reduced) and indeed, still spread it to your loved ones so please take advantage of this free offer and make twice weekly testing part of your normal routines.”

For more information on eligibility, please go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff