Over the past month, some PCR tests completed at the Newbury Showground testing site, operated by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), have had results sent out that may have incorrectly shown as negative for Covid-19. 

After receiving reports from local residents in recent weeks that there were concerns about the accuracy of test results from the site, West Berkshire Council passed these concerns onto the UKHSA for further investigation. The UKSHA has now confirmed that a number of sites nationally may have been affected by this issue, including the one at Newbury Showground.

If you took a PCR test between 03 - 12 October which was negative, we strongly recommend a retest for you and for any close contacts. It is important to take a PCR test as without it; the local authority cannot complete contact tracing and offer support to the people who need it. For further information on booking a PCR please visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

If you will lose income by completing the self-isolation process or staying at home looking after a child who is self-isolating, you can apply for a support payment by visiting: https://www.westberks.gov.uk/article/37510/Apply-for-a-Test-and-Trace-Support-Payment.

If you are concerned about how this might affect you or your family, please get in touch with West Berkshire Council on 01635 503579.