COVID-19 screening programme
What is the University of Leicester screening programme?
The University of Leicester has launched a programme to screen staff and students for COVID-19 regularly, as part of a drive to keep our staff, students and community safe.
How is it different to the NHS testing programme?
This screening programme is different to the NHS-run testing programme – the University is screening staff and students who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and are feeling well.
By doing this, we are seeking to detect the presence of the virus in people without symptoms, and so prevent its spread. The University is one of the first in the UK to run the programme and has robust processes in place to manage cases of COVID-19.
How do I get screened?
Screening will take place in the Adrian Building on main campus through a pre-booked appointment system (please see instructions for filling in the form in the 'How do I book an appointment?' FAQ below), where you will be asked to provide a swab sample to be tested for the presence of COVID-19.
Appointments are available to staff and students who are registered as a temporary or permanent patient with Victoria Park Health Centre (VPHC). If you're not registered with VPHC, please register using appropriate link below:
Choose this option if:
- You live within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, are already registered with a GP within that area, and wish to remain registered with them
- OR you are living outside of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, are commuting to University of Leicester from your home address, and are only registering with Victoria Park Health Centre for the purpose of University of Leicester COVID-19 screening
Choose this option if:
- You are a new student to the area and have not yet registered with a local GP
- OR you are a returning student who has not registered with a local GP
- OR you are a member of staff who would like to use VPHC as your regular GP practice
Essential information for all new registration applications
- When you register with VPHC, please ensure your name and date of birth on your application is written as they appear on your passport or other official documents
- Please wait for the SMS confirming your registration with VPHC before making your screening appointment
To avoid registration delays, the following examples may help:
I am a student who has moved from London to study at university in Leicester and will be living in Leicester during term-time. Which form should I complete?
I live in Leicester and am registered with a different GP in Leicester. I would like to remain with my GP in Leicester. Which form should I complete?
I have a Leicester address but am still registered with my previous GP who is not in Leicester. Which form should I complete?
What are the differences between a temporary and a usual registration?
If you are registered at Victoria Park Health Centre as a temporary patient you will be removed from the VPHC patient list after two months as this registration purpose is only for screening. During this time you can attend your usual GP for appointments and repeat prescriptions. You won’t receive a reminder after two months, so if you would like repeat screenings, please complete a temporary registration after the original has expired.
If you are registered at Victoria Park Health Centre as a regular patient you will be able to access all your healthcare needs. If you are resident outside Leicester during vacation periods, you may continue to access us by phone or video. Alternatively you can arrange to see your previous GP as a temporary patient.
What happens if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, we are asking staff and students to ISOLATE – REPORT – TEST.
You will need to get tested through the NHS, either at a test site near you today, or with a home test kit. See how to get a COVID-19 test.
Coronavirus symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Please do not go on to campus and see our guidance for what to do if you have symptoms.
Where can I find more information?
Please see our FAQs or email email@example.com for further information