COVID-19 testing and reporting
Updated: Wednesday 14 July
Keeping safe: coronavirus symptoms or positive test (yourself, close contact or someone you manage)
COVID-9 is still with us and all staff and students have a responsibility to follow Government guidance to reduce the spread of the virus. Failure to do so will place the University and wider community at an increased risk of infection. If you have - or have been in close contact with - a person who is positive or symptomatic, you should:
- not come to campus.
- stay at home and follow Government advice on self-isolation.
- request a test if you have or develop symptoms.
- report using the student reporting form or staff reporting form so we can provide you with the best support.
- do not return to work until you have recovered and have completed the required period of self-isolation.
- if you have a pre-existing health condition, contact your GP by phone for advice and see NHS guidance.
If you require a period of sickness absence, inform your line manager and report your sickness on Employee Self Service. See our flow chart (log-in required) on what you need to do, where to report and what information is required.
Ensure your staff contact details are up-to-date (log-in required) if we need to contact you or pass on your details to NHS Track and Trace.
If you are a line manager you have a responsibility to provide guidance and support to your team members. We have developed a flow chart (log-in required) to show the decisions you need to make, who to notify and when to escalate.
Keeping safe: no symptoms
Although testing is not mandatory, we still strongly encourage staff and students to take regular tests. Detecting COVID-19 positive individuals with no symptoms, who subsequently self-isolate, helps to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus to others.
Regular testing also helps to reduce the risk of University outbreaks and spread of infection to the wider local community.
What is this test?
This is a lateral flow test, which is part of the NHS England Test and Trace scheme, to detect COVID-19 infections in the healthy individuals to help to reduce the spread of COVID-19. More information on how the test works can be found on the GOV.UK website.
While no test is 100% efficient, lateral-flow tests have been shown to be very efficient in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the healthy population. More information on this can be found on the GOV.UK website:
- Press release: Government reintroduces confirmatory PCR testing for assisted testing.
- Press release: New analysis of lateral flow tests shows specificity of at least 99.9%.
How do I get a test?
You can pick up lateral flow home testing kits from the reception desks of the:
- Fielding Johnson Building
- George Davies Centre
- Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building (RKCSB)
This collection service is available Monday to Friday, from 8.00am-6.00pm.
Testing kits are also available from Nixon Court and John Foster receptions during normal reception hours.
Each testing kit contains seven tests and clear instructions on how to use them and you can collect up to two kits at a time for yourself and for other students or staff members.
All campus testing venues are closed.
What should I do with my test result?
Whether you got your testing kit from the University, your local chemist, or you ordered it online, you must report your positive or negative result on the Government reporting website. You can scan the QR code on the front of the test kit box you collect from us to take you there. When asked to insert the University name or post code, please type in BGAN and select University of Leicester, BGAN from the drop-down list.
If you test positive, please follow Public Health England guidance for confirmatory testing and isolation of yourself and your household. You must also report using the staff reporting form or the student reporting form. If you are in a hall of residence, email email@example.com. This is so that we can support you appropriately during your isolation period.
How often can I have this test?
Lateral flow testing is available to all University staff and students. It is recommended that you test regularly, ideally twice weekly and that tests should be taken between three and four days apart.
What tests should I take to travel home from University?
Before you travel home from University, you should take two test, three or four days from each other. If both tests are negative, you should travel as soon as possible after the result of your second test as possible.
If you receive a positive result, you should self-isolate in your current residence for a period of 10 days, and book a confirmatory PCR test, ideally via a home test kit or using a non-university testing site, closest to where you are isolating. Find community testing sites across Leicestershire. 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.
What if I test positive?
If you test positive, you must self-isolate in your current residence for a period of 10 days, and book a confirmatory PCR test, ideally via a home test kit or using a testing site closest to where you are isolating.
There are a number of testing sites across Leicestershire.
It is important that the confirmatory PCR test is carried out within 72 hours of your lateral flow test. This is because the PCR test, if negative, will override the lateral flow test result, and will release you from isolation if carried out within 72 hours of the initial positive lateral flow test. If however, the PCR result is also positive or if the test was carried out after 72 hours, then you will need to continue with your 10-day self-isolation period. More information on this can be found on GOV.UK.
You must also report using the staff reporting form or the student reporting form. If you are in a hall of residence, email email@example.com. This is so that we can support you appropriately during your isolation period.