Langley College to host new rapid testing centre for Slough Borough Council residents

Langley College is working with Slough Borough Council to enable a raft of new rapid flow testing centres to open across the borough.  From Tuesday 19th January, residents will be able to book appointments or drop in at a new testing hub at Langley College Sports Hall, Langley Road.

Rapid testing, or community Covid testing, is available to anyone wishing to know if they have Covid but does not have Covid symptoms.  People administer the tests themselves and results are sent by text or email in under an hour.  The Langley College site increases capacity in Slough for rapid testing from one current hub operating at The Centre, Farnham Road.  Slough Borough Council will also be announcing the location of a range of mobile sites, which will be changing weekly.

Kate Webb, CEO and Group Principal of Windsor Forest Colleges Group, explained: “We felt it was absolutely right to work with Slough Borough Council and host the rapid testing centre at the college.  We wanted to be able to make our contribution to the fight against Covid in our local community and hope that the onsite testing hub can also play a vital role in getting our staff and students back on campus as and when that becomes possible.”

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, lead member for health and well being said: “The full mass testing programme has begun and I would encourage residents to take up the offer of these free tests.  For those who test negative, it can bring peace of mind and for those who test positive, it means they can take immediate action to protect themselves and their loved ones by isolating and ensuring they are no longer spreading it to others.”

Residents are able to book testing slots online or can drop into the testing centre on Langley Road from Tuesday 19th January.  The rapid testing hub cannot test anyone under the age of 12 or those who are still in the 10-day isolation period after being in contact with a Covid positive person. More information on rapid testing, why people should take part and the link to book an appointment can be found here.

For those who are exhibiting Covid symptoms, please read the latest government guidance here.

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