We're offering drop-in sessions for COVID-19 tests in 2021.

Please make sure you read this page carefully before coming to a drop-in session.

Who can get the test?

If you meet all 3 of the following requirements, you can attend a drop-in session:

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You do not have COVID-19 symptoms

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You have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days

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You're living in one of our residences, attending scheduled on-campus activities, or are a University colleague or contractor working on–site

How it works

  1. Check if you are eligible for a test (see information above)
     
  2. Attend a drop-in session – it is recommended that you attend a session every week that you are on Campus or in halls of residence. See below for testing locations, times and dates
     
  3. On the day of your test, bring your phone or other mobile device with you – you'll be using this to register at the testing service. If you don't have a mobile device, we'll help you register via alternative means when you arrive
     
  4. Check your results – you should get your results within a few hours directly from the NHS Test and Trace service. The University does not see your test result
     
  5. Take action:
  • If your test results are positive, you must self-isolate immediately and let us know via
  • If your results are negative, it is recommended that you attend another drop-in session to take a second test, scheduled 3 or 4 days after the first. For example if your first test is on Monday, you should take your second test on Thursday
  • If you are only on Campus one day a week, it is recommended that you have a test the day you attend and if you are able to, take an additional lateral flow test at a local authority community test site 3 or 4 days later
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Testing locations

On-campus testing locations

The testing service will be offered at three locations:

  • Harrow Campus, 9.30am–3.30pm (last test at 3.30pm) on weekdays – for all who meet the eligibility requirements above. No need to book, just drop-in
  • Marylebone Campus, 9.30am–3.30pm (last test at 3.30pm) on weekdays – for all who meet the eligibility requirements above. No need to book, just drop-in
  • Cavendish Campus, Mondays and Wednesdays only, 9.30am–3.30pm (last test at 3.30pm) – for all who meet the eligibility requirements above. No need to book, just drop-in

Community testing locations

If you are returning to the University, you are encouraged to use local community testing and take a test before travelling, in addition to using the on-campus testing on arrival.

FAQs

The test available is a Lateral Flow Test (LFT), which is designed to test for COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals.

This is a rapid test, which will usually provide a result within a few hours. It is quick and easy to use. For full reassurance, it is recommended that you take two tests, three days apart.

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms, so a test that rapidly detects these otherwise hidden cases is a very useful additional tool for tackling the virus.

 

No, you should not take a test with us if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and take a test via the NHS instead.

No, you should not attend a drop-in session if you are not attending an on-campus activity or living in halls of residence.

Anyone who takes this test will be notified of their result by the NHS Test and Trace service. The University will not be informed of your result.

If your test result indicates that you are carrying the virus, you will be advised to self-isolate. You must follow this advice and notify the University that you have been informed you have COVID-19 by emailing .

A negative test result means that an active Coronavirus infection was not detected, at the time of the test. However, this does not guarantee that you do not have Coronavirus. You should continue to follow Coronavirus rules, including regular hand washing, social distancing and wearing face coverings where required.

It is recommended that you continue to take two tests, 3 or 4 days apart, every week you are on Campus or in halls of residence.

To ensure that infectious COVID-19 cases are found in people without symptoms, it is recommended that you take two tests, 3 or 4 days apart, every week that you are on Campus or in halls of residence, if your test results are negative.  

If you are only on Campus one day a week, it is recommended that you have a test on the day you attend and if you are able to, take an additional lateral flow test at a local authority community test site 3 or 4 days later.

Clinical validation has found Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) to have high specificity but slightly lower sensitivity at lower viral loads. Sensitivity measures how likely a test will return a positive result when that person is infected. Therefore regular testing is recommended to pick up any cases which were not detected during the first test and to pick up any new infections.

The Department of Health and Social Care highly recommend participants to register for an NHS Test and Trace account to speed up and simplify the registration process. Once an account has been created, a simple login will spare them the effort of re-entering their details the next time they get tested. Participants can create an account or log in to their account by tapping ‘NHS Continue with NHS login’ saving their information for quick and easy future testing.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days, you must not take a test with us.

When your self-isolation period has passed and you are no longer infectious, you can take a test with us.

The Lateral Flow Tests are not considered suitable for the purposes of issuing a travel certificate, which may be required for international air travel. These certificates usually require a Polymerase Chain Reaction test. You should check with your airline on the test that is required before you travel, as well as the requirements of the country to which you are travelling.

Lateral Flow Tests do not meet the UK Government’s requirements for testing after you arrive in the UK. Please see Government guidance for information on testing for travel purposes.

We are working as part of a national programme in partnership with the Government’s Department for Health and Social Care and the Department for Education to provide testing for all who study and work in Higher Education Institutions.

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms, so a test that rapidly detects these otherwise hidden cases is a very useful additional tool for tackling the virus.

Lateral Flow Tests are practical, easy to interpret and can be used in a wide range of settings. This makes them ideal for widespread use in the community. 

Contact us

For any queries about the COVID-19 testing service, contact: