Rapid COVID testing
What is this test?
This is a lateral-flow test being rolled out by the Government to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
How do I get a test?
You can book your test. Please carefully fill in your full name and University email address. It is recommended that you do not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes prior to taking the test, so please consider this when booking your time slot.
When attending the centre for your test, please remember to take your student/staff identity card to the testing centre and, if you have one, a smartphone or other mobile device to register. Access to appropriate IT and support will be also be provided on site.
How often can I have this test?
We are able to offer twice weekly Lateral Flow testing to all staff and students who are regularly coming onto campus and/or staying in University Halls. It is recommended that you test regularly and that tests should be taken between three and four days apart. Please note that in line with Government Lockdown Guidance, if you are not based on campus, you should not come to campus for the sole purpose of a test.
I’m not on campus every day so how should I approach testing?
Regular testing is recommended, but please only get tested on days when you are planning to be on site. Do not travel or come on site during lockdown only to get tested.
For example, if you are only on site for one day a week, please test on that day only. If you are on site two consecutive days, test only on one of the days, as it is not recommended to test more than once in any 72-hour period. If, for instance, you are only on site for two days a week and one of those coincides with a day that your local testing centre is closed, then only test on the day your local site is open.
We currently have testing available four days a week (all centres are closed on Wednesdays) but are keeping our opening times under review – so please use the booking site to check current availability and to book a test. If you work/study across different sites on different days, please attend the one that is local to where you work/study. You do not have to attend the same test centre each time.
Where is it?
We currently have three testing centres, one on main campus at the Charles Wilson Sports Hall and two further centres at the Village Hub, Oadby, and at Glenfield Hospital. Please note that the centre at Glenfield is only accessible for University staff and students based at the Glenfield site.
Why should I have this test?
Although testing is not mandatory, we strongly encourage staff and students who are working on site to take regular tests, as detecting COVID-19 positive individuals with no symptoms, who subsequently self-isolate, helps to reduce the transmission of the COVID virus to others. Regular testing also helps to reduce the risk of university outbreaks and spread of infection to the wider local community.
What does the test involve?
It is a swab test with an approved NHS testing kit that is quick and easy to take. Results will be provided to you usually within an hour or two. Watch this video below to see how quick and easy the testing is. To speed up the registration process, we recommend that you register for an NHS Test and Trace account when prompted to do so. After clicking ‘Start’ and selecting who you are taking a test for, you will then have the option to sign up for a coronavirus testing account. Click ‘Register using NHS login’. You can then save your personal details so you don’t have to re-enter them next time you get tested.
How do I cancel a booking?
If you need to change or cancel your booking, you can do so by following the ‘Change your appointment’ link in the booking confirmation email. Changes can be made until 2 hours before the appointment.
What if I test positive?
If you test positive, you must self-isolate in your current residence for a period of 10 days. You must also report using the staff reporting form or the student reporting form. If you are in a hall of residence, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is so that we can support you appropriately during your isolation period.