COVID-19 testing and reporting

Updated: Wednesday 13 October

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University COVID-19 data (log-in required)

Coronavirus/flu symptoms or positive test (yourself, close contact or someone you manage)

COVID-19 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:

  • test positive
  • have not been fully vaccinated in the UK and have been in close contact with a person who is positive or symptomatic
  • have any COVID-19 symptoms or cold/flu symptoms

You should:

If you have received your two vaccination doses in the UK and have been in close contact with someone who is positive you should take a PCR test as soon as possible, wear face coverings and limit contact with others until the result comes through. If you have not had both of your vaccine doses in the UK and have been in close contact with someone who is positive you should self-isolate for 10 days. If you test negative you can continue as normal and should perform twice-weekly lateral flow tests. If you test positive, you should self-isolate in line with current Government guidance.

If you have not had both of your vaccine doses in the UK and have been in close contact with someone who is positive you should self-isolate for 10 days.

Staff

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.

Students

Fill in our online form if you are self-isolating. This means our COVID-19 Response Team can contact you directly to discuss support and notify your department. You can also check out our COVID-19 self-isolation guide for students for what you need to do next.

Please do not go to A&E to request a PCR test.

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: 

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
  • David Wilson Library
  • Nixon Court reception
  • John Foster reception
  • Percy Gee

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.

There has been a change in the process for returning lateral flow tests the LFD Collect Self-report journey has been simplified. Staff and students can now search and allocate a test to the university by searching for ‘University of Leicester’ and selecting from the drop down menu ‘University of Leicester (LE1 7RH)'

If you note any issues please report these in via COVID Help and we will report these back to Department for Health and Social Care for resolution.

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 accommodation@le.ac.uk. 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 to university?

Before you travel to university for the start of autumn term, you should take two lateral flow tests, 3-4 days apart. If both tests are negative, you should travel as soon as possible after the result of your second test.

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 at the testing site, closest to where you are isolating. You must also report using the staff reporting form or the student reporting form.

On arrival at university, students should take two lateral flow tests (3-4 days apart) using home test kits as soon as possible and then test twice weekly going forward.

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 the country.  

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 accommodation@le.ac.uk. This is so that we can support you appropriately during your isolation period. 

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Speak to our COVID response team on studentcovidsupport@le.ac.uk or +44 (0)116 252 2300 if you require further advice.