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COVID-19 Testing programme

As we start to welcome more students and staff back to campus it is more important than ever to access regular COVID-19 testing.

The NHS Test and Trace facility offers swift and easy testing using Lateral Flow antigen tests and you will receive your results from NHS Test and Trace.

Please note, from Monday 17 May, the testing facility will move from the Student Life building to University House.

We all have a part to play to keep our campus community safe.

If you are back on campus, you should be tested for coronavirus twice a week.

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and it is important that you get tested regularly to help break chains of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and protect yourself and those around you.

Play your part and continue to book your tests.

Home testing - Lateral Flow Device kits

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) kits will be available for students and staff to collect from the University from 11 June.

LFD kits allow you to carry out Covid-19 tests at home and report your results.

The collection point, based in the Student Life building lounge, is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, between 10.00am and 12.30pm and 1.30pm and 4.00pm. There is no need to book and you can pop in during these times to collect the LFD kits.

You will also need your TUSC card to collect a kit and will receive information on how to register your result upon collection.

It is advised that you carry out three supervised tests at the on-campus testing centre in University House to ensure you are comfortable with the process before transitioning to home testing.

You will need to report your results from all LFD tests using the Government website so that the number of tests carried out and number of positive cases can be recorded. There is further guidance below.

FAQs

Why get tested?

These tests can offer reassurance that you are not currently infected with coronavirus and help minimise the risk of viral transmission.

How do I book a test?

You can book a test using this online form. You should book two tests, three days apart.

Who can have a test?

The on-campus testing is available to Teesside University students, not displaying symptoms, who are either accessing on-campus teaching or require use of on-campus facilities, as well as critical staff who need to be on campus. If you do have symptoms of COVID-19, you should book a test at an alternative testing centre in the usual way, by calling NHS 119 or booking online.

How is the test taken?

Our trained on-site staff will explain the process at the test centre. The test involves applying a swab to the throat and nose. The sample is processed on-site, and the results will be provided by NHS Test and Trace.

How is this different to the existing Covid testing?

The current testing programme uses a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that must be processed in a laboratory; this takes additional time and results are not available as quickly.

Please remember that this asymptomatic testing facility, is separate from the community testing facility currently on campus and based on The Printworks carpark.

Is testing compulsory?

No - but we strongly encourage you to book tests if you are on campus. This will give you peace of mind that you were not infectious at the time of testing.

What if my test is positive?

If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must self-isolate immediately and book a follow-up PCR test to confirm the positive result. You must not leave your home except to attend your PCR test appointment and you should avoid using public transport.
Book a PCR test

If your PCR test is positive, you must self-isolate for the required period, and your entire household will also need to self-isolate.

Please let us know if you have received a positive test result or are required to self-isolate by emailing studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk. Those in self-isolation can request additional support.

How long should students wait between two tests?

Those on campus are advised to be tested on a weekly basis - booking two tests, three days apart each week. The tests don't guarantee that the individual would not catch the infection, but they do provide information to the individual's infectivity status at the time of the test.

Do students need to self-isolate between two tests?

No, not if they are negative on the first test – but you should continue to follow social distancing and current safety guidelines.

If I am a close contact to someone who tested positive, can I leave self-isolation to take the tests?

If you are a close contact of a case, you should be in self-isolation. This test is meant for people who do not show symptoms and who are not close contacts of confirmed cases. There are future plans for serial testing of asymptomatic contacts in the next phase of the programme.

Do we actually need two tests?

Research suggest that the current LFD test has 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.

The University has followed guidance from local health teams and Government as we implement our return to campus plans for the new academic year. The information presented on this page is therefore subject to change and we recommend that you regularly check back for the most up to date information.

Page last updated: 27/04/2021

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