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Testing available for all staff attending campus who are showing no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic)

The Government is providing home testing kits to staff to increase testing uptake and help limit virus transmission.

Upon return to campus, all staff are encouraged to take three supervised tests (three to five days apart) at an asymptomatic testing site on campus - this is currently located in the Great Hall in the Richmond Building. Booking can be accessed via this link.

After this, staff will also have access to home testing kits throughout the summer term through both the Government’s offer of free rapid LFD tests twice weekly to everyone in England, and ‘University Collect’ services, under which universities will distribute tests from communal locations on campus, such as libraries. This is in addition to the onsite testing already offered.

All tests will be free, and all staff who test positive from an LFD test will need to self-isolate for 10 days, unless they receive a negative PCR test within two days.

If your tests come back as negative, you must continue to abide by the Government's guidance and restrictions, as well as the University's own guidance for when you are on campus. In particular, everyone should continue to observe the 'hands, face, space' message. Wash your hands regularly and use sanitiser, wear a face covering where required and keep social distancing - stay two metres apart. 

What does the process look like?

Please arrive at least five minutes before your appointment. You’ll need your University staff identification card, you’ll need to sanitise your hands and wear a face covering other than for the test itself (unless you have proof of exemption). Staff will be there to direct you, but the entrance is via the fire exit doors opposite the Chesham Building.

Below is a summary of the testing process. See the full testing process.

Before the test

You’ll be asked if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms. If you are, you’ll need to book a test through the usual NHS Test and Trace Service.

You’ll then be shown to a testing pod where you will be given a registration card, a barcode and a swab stick in a sealed packet. You must retain your registration card as this will be the only record of your test. If there’s a delay in getting your result to you, this number will be used to identify your test swab.

You’ll need to scan a QR code or visit the government's Register a coronavirus test (lateral flow test) web page with your mobile phone and enter the details requested on the Gov.UK website.

The test

The next stop is the testing booth, where you’ll find all the equipment needed to carry out the test. There will also be instructions for taking the test, but essentially it involves using a swab to take both a throat and nose sample, which is then handed to one of the staff. Once you’ve done this, sanitise your hands and then leave by the entrance on Great Horton Road. That’s it. Just wait for your result.

Remember, you should have two tests, three days apart.

How to book a test

You can book a test appointment online.

It’s important to remember that even if your tests come back as negative, you must continue to abide by the Government’s guidance and restrictions, as well as the University’s own guidance for when you are on campus.

If your test comes back positive

If the test shows that you do have COVID-19, you must let us know about this by completing the COVID-19 reporting form available on Sharepoint.

You and everyone in your household must self-isolate immediately for 10 days. The 10 days begin the day after your test date.

If you or anyone in your household get symptoms, you must further self-isolate from the day symptoms started and for the next 10 full days.

You will receive a follow-up text message three days after your positive result to ensure that you and everyone in your household continue to self-isolate for 10 days.

We will also undertake contact tracing to confirm who you have been in close contact with at the University. We will also advise these people to self-isolate for up to 14 days, and if they start displaying symptoms, to get a test. Information about confirmed cases will also be shared with public health authorities who are working closely with us to control any possible outbreaks on campus.