The test is for any student returning to campus. It is for students who are not showing any symptoms – it is designed to identify people who are potentially infectious but are asymptomatic. It’s possible to be positive with COVID-19 but not be aware of it.
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We want to keep LSBU as Covid secure as we can and we are offering Covid tests to all students.
For students moving back into accommodation in London (either rented accommodation or Halls), please check the government travel guidance. We will be sending specific information to those living in Halls, to ensure that you are as safe as possible.
For everyone coming onto campus for studying, the advice is to take a Covid test through either home or community testing at least one day before travel back to term time accommodation and coming back to campus.
Once you have returned the guidance asks that all students and staff take three supervised Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) tests 3 to 4 days apart. Following that, it is recommended that you be tested two times a week throughout the rest of the summer term. This can be at our test site or using a home kit. We will make home kits available from our Southwark campus testing centre. Please read the FAQS below.
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Where is the testing site?
Testing will take place at our testing centre operating inside LSBU’s Rotary building on the Southwark Campus next to the Clarence Centre. Due to road closures in the area please enter Rotary Street from Borough Road or walk through the Clarence Centre, out in to the Courtyard and then in to the Rotary building. The orange lines on this map will show you the route in.
Frequently asked questions
Who are the Covid tests for?
What are the Covid tests?
They are lateral flow antigen testing that offer a quick turnaround of results. You will need to take 2 tests 3 days apart before returning to campus.
It is important to note that these tests are for people who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid.
You should have 2 tests ideally leaving 3 days between the first and second test. You can leave a gap of 4 or 5 days between tests if you are unable to get to a test site on day 3.
If your first test is positive DO NOT come back for a second test. You will need to self-isolate and arrange to get an NHS PCR Covid test to confirm.
Appointments will need to be made in advance to ensure social distancing can always be maintained.
Why do we have to do two tests?
Research suggests that the current lateral flow antigen tests have been found to have high specificity but with slightly lower sensitivity i.e. potential to miss some COVID-19 positive cases. Therefore, the two tests conducted close to each other are a measure to pick up any case that was missed in the first round or newly developed cases.
What days and times can I be tested?
Testing will be carried out on weekdays between 9am and 5pm.
How do I book my test?
Booking a test is simple and quick, please follow these steps:
- Click on this link https://lsbu-uk.libcal.com/calendar/cvtest
- You can then choose the date and time you would like to attend.
- You will be asked to enter your contact details and agree to the terms and conditions.
- When your booking has been made successfully, it will be confirmed with an email
You will receive reminders via email 3 hours before your appointment.
Will I need to administer the test myself?
Students will be required to perform a self-swab, and will be advised how to do this.
What do I do on the day of my test?
Arrive on time for your test slot. You may be turned away if you are late. Once you arrive on Campus at the Rotary Building you will be guided through the registration process. You need to bring:
- A form of student/staff ID
- Your phone, tablet or laptop. If you do not have one of these then a staff member at the site will help you
- A face covering or mask. You’ll need to:
- Make sure it covers your mouth and nose,
- Always wear it except when your sample is taken. A staff member will tell you when you can take it off and put it back on again.
I think I have symptoms, do I still come for a test?
No. This test is only for people who DO NOT have Covid symptoms. Do not visit the campus if you think you have Covid-19 symptoms. If you get symptoms, you’ll need to self-isolate and book a test you can take at home. See www.gov.uk/coronavirus for more advice.
Use 111 online or call 111 if you need medical help. In an emergency dial 999.
How long does the test take?
It is a quick process and should take no more than 15 minutes from you arriving at the testing centre to you leaving.
When do I get my result?
Once you have had your test, you will receive your results within 1-2 hours. If you have not received your results after 24 hours, call 119.
What happens if my first test is positive?
If your first test is positive DO NOT come back to the campus testing site to get your second test. You will need to self-isolate and arrange to get an NHS PCR Covid test to confirm.
What happens if test is negative?
If it is your first test, make sure you are booked in for your second test ideally 2-3 days following your first test.
If you get a negative result after your second test, both tests are negative, you don’t need to take any further action but please continue to observe restrictions, adhere to social distancing, wearing face coverings and good handwashing.
Is taking a test compulsory?
Testing is a voluntary; however, we all want to keep our campus and each other safe. So we encourage everyone who is offered a test to take one to help us keep our community safe, protect our friends and loved ones, and the vulnerable - and to help our country eventually return to normal life.
How will data be collected? Will this feed into the Test and Trace system?
As a Government led testing initiative, the results will shared with the NHS Test and Trace system. This is done by having you register for the test when arriving at the testing site and collecting a barcode that you assign to your test and the result. This allows for NHS Test and Trace to text and email the result to you directly without the need to wait at the clinic.
For English residents, their data will be stored in line with the Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016. This means we will keep your information for up to 8 years before we dispose of it.
If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, there is country-specific information on retention of records.
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