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COVID Testing

 

We understand you may have many questions about returning to University as staff or students.  

Current government guidelines recommend that students and staff who return to campus/face to face teaching should be able to access two Lateral Flow Tests per week (ideally 3 - 4 days apart) – testing remains voluntary but is encouraged to help keep not only our community but the wider community safe.

Lateral flow antigen tests are used to test for Covid-19 in asymptomatic people (i.e. those who are not experiencing symptoms, but may be carrying the virus).

Lateral flow antigen tests detect the presence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing a visual positive or negative result dependant on the presence of the virus. The tests have been validated by Public Health England. They are safe and offer reliable results.

Book a test at Bognor Regis campus

Book a test at Bishop Otter campus

If you have any questions about the testing process and results, please see our FAQs below.

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The Test – I think I already have some of the Covid-19 symptoms - shall I attend the Test Centre at the SU?

No - you must isolate immediately.

It is critical to understand that the lateral flow test is not designed to replace symptomatic PCR testing.

If you are symptomatic, you must book a PCR test or by calling 119. You must follow government guidelines and isolate accordingly.

Please do not come to the Lateral Testing Centre if you have symptoms, as you are potentially spreading the virus to other students, staff and our volunteers. If you have symptoms, you need to book a PCR test

The Test – Where do I go to get a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) ?

The Lateral Flow (Asymptomatic) Test Centre are located on both Bishop Otter campus and Bognor Regis campus.

On Bishop Otter campus it is located in the Staff Club above  Otters Restaurant, with access from the ShowRoom stairs.

On Bognor Regis campus it is located in The Hub, in the Macklin Building next to Otters Restaurant.

 Please see our Campus Map for directions

The Test – How and when can I get a lateral flow test?

It is necessary to book. 

This is to help with management of capacity at the test centres. Initially students are advised to book two tests (3 - 4 days apart) and then, after each test, book another test and so on. 

Book a test at Bognor Regis campus

Book a test at Bishop Otter campus

Opening days and times on each campus vary; times can be seen on the booking pages. 

The Test – What does the actual test consist of?

The tests are self-administered, and contact is limited. You will receive a test kit, a test card, and barcode. Scan the QR code on the test card and register - this will be much quicker and simpler if you have already set up or have an existing NHS account. 

You will go to an available table, attach your barcode to the test, and self-administer the swab test.

Pass your completed swab test device to support staff for processing and leave the site with your copy of the barcode and test card. You will receive your result from the NHS on your phone via the NHS test and trace app.

The test will then be returned to a member of our staff. Results are due usually within 1 hour.  During this period, you should restrict your social interactions as anyone you come into contact with may have to subsequently isolate.

Staff at the centres wear PPE where appropriate and anyone entering the centres are requested to wear face coverings unless exempt.

 

The Test – What do I need to do before I arrive at the test centre?

Create an NHS log in if you do not already have one (this will make the process much quicker at the test centre). You can create an account on the gov.uk website.

You will need to bring your:

  • Staff/student identification
  • Your mobile phone
  • Booking confirmation
  •  A mask (unless exempt)

Please be prepared to observe the usual safe practices around social distancing. Please try and avoid eating/drinking for at least 30 minutes before attending if at all possible. 

The Test – Are LFT tests compulsory?

Tests are not compulsory, but we are asking our students to participate to help to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect their friends, classmates, staff and members of the local community. Students choosing not to test should self-isolate on return to University for 10 days. 

If you have previously (within the last 90 days) recieved a positive PCR test, then it is not necessary to attend and carry out a Lateral Flow Test. 

Please note: Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms must NOT attend the Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) testing centre. Instead, they should follow the standard government guidance, including self-isolating immediately and booking the standard 'PCR' NHS coronavirus test.

The Test – How long should I allow for a test?

The test itself takes no more than 15 minutes. However, at busy times, there might a slight wait to enter the test centre.

The Test – I don't have symptoms – why should I get tested?

The aim of the test is to identify those most at risk of spreading COVID-19 by identifying those who are infectious, but not aware of this. This will enable us to break the chains of transmission and reduce the infection rate.

The LFT will be offered to all of our students, and this is designed for individuals who do not have symptoms (i.e. those who are asymptomatic).

The Test – Accessibility and assisted testing

Both test centres are fully accessible.

If you think you are unable to administer the swab test yourself, then please contact covidreport@chi.ac.uk where we will discuss alternative test options.

The Test - Can my friends or family who aren’t students at Chichester attend the testing centre?

No, the tests are only for current students and members of staff at the University.

The Test - I had a positive NHS Pillar 2 test (PCR) recently - do I need to test again?

Providing you are outside of your isolation period and are no longer showing symptoms, then you may access the lateral flow testing that is available.

Results - Get your results

You will be sent your test result by text or email depending on which details you registered. You should get your results within 1 to 2 hours of taking the test. If you have not received your results after 24 hours, call 119.

Results - If you test positive

A positive Lateral Flow Test must be confirmed by undertaking a PCR Test. If you recieve a positive lateral flow test, you should:

  1. Arrange a PCR test
  2. Tell the University by emailing covidreport@chi.ac.uk
  3. Self-isolate until such times as you can attend your PCR test
  4. If your PCR test is also positive you will need to follow guidance issued by NHS Track and Trace (close contacts will also be required to self-isolate). Please also inform the University of your result by emailing covidreport@chi.ac.uk.

Results – if you receive an invalid test

Limit your social contacts, and please return to the centre as soon as possible to complete the test again. 

Results - If you test negative

If your first test is negative, then government guidance states that you should have a second LFT test approximately three days later to confirm the negative result. You should continue to limit social contact until the second test has been completed.

Results - Do other people I live with have to self-isolate?

If you have a positive test, anyone you live with should also self-isolate until the outcome of your PCR test is known. The outcome of your PCR test will determine whether others you live with are identified as close contacts and required to self-isolate (and for how long). 

Returning to the UK – I am returning to campus from a country overseas - do I need to quarantine?

Please find up to date advice for oversea arrivals on the Help website.