Testing for staff in January and February
The University is making testing available for all staff attending campus who are showing no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic).
This is in line with Government guidance, and we are strongly encouraging all staff without symptoms who need to be on campus to book appointments to be tested. You should book for two tests, three days apart. Please book your first test as close as possible to the date you first return to campus, if you haven't already done so.
The purpose is to make sure that should you need to self-isolate, you have the opportunity to do so, keeping everyone as safe as possible on returning to campus.
Testing will be available until the end of March 2021. As more guidance becomes available we will provide further updates. It will take place in the Sports Hall at Unique Fitness and Lifestyle at the edge of campus on Great Horton Road. Parking is available on campus in all existing car parks except Shearbridge car park. This includes accessible parking areas.
The process is quick and simple. The tests are easy to self-administer, and results will be sent by SMS or email via the NHS track and trace system, usually in a matter of hours.
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.
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 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.
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.