Surge testing will commence in Slough from next Wednesday, following government approval.

Free covid PCR testing for all residents will be carried out in the SL1 3, SL2 1 and SL2 5 postcodes.

Businesses in the areas and all schools and colleges across the town will also be tagetted.

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Residents in the target areas can expect to have special teams knocking on their doors to explain the surge testing from next Wednesday (16 June) and offering a series of ways to do the PCR tests:

  • At home
  • At local mobile testing units
  • With assistance (if required)

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All schools across the town will have tests delivered with secondary schools asked to test all staff and pupils and primary schools asked to test all staff only; with schools with outbreaks offered a specific mobile testing unit.

The mobile testing sites are expected to be at:

  • The Centre, Farnham Road
  • JMIC, Stoke Poges Lane
  • Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sheehy Way
  • Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara, Woodland Avenue

The exact dates and times are still to be confirmed.

Sue Foley, Slough Borough Council’s consultant in public health, said: “Residents in the target areas do not need to do anything differently right now – just be aware we will be visiting soon, knocking on the door to have a chat about the testing.

“No one in the area needs to order testing kits as we be providing everything they need and offering specific assistance to anyone who needs it.

“Slough’s current case rates are not as high as other areas, but we want to make sure it stays that way in the face of this new Delta variant and our residents are well tested, well informed and well protected.”