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COVID-19 testing

UAL COVID-19 asymptomatic testing centre. Photo: Max Colson
UAL COVID-19 asymptomatic testing centre. Photo: Max Colson

Staff and students who have no symptoms of COVID-19 should have regular tests. You can make use of community testing in your area, collect tests from a nearby pharmacy or order rapid lateral flow tests online for home testing. We strongly advise you to get tested twice each week.

How to get tested

There are multiple ways for you to take a COVID-19 asymptomatic Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test:

Home testing

These are simple, fast and self-administered. A pack of tests contains 7 tests. You can order one pack per household each day.

All you need to do is order a pack of tests, wait between 1-2 days for delivery and follow the simple instructions included in the box.

Here's a quick video guide from the Department of Health and Social Care on how to take a test at home. Actual test kits may vary slightly from the version in the video, so please always check the instruction leaflet in your kit.

Watch: How to take the test

Collect a test from your local pharmacy

The Pharmacy Collect service provides an additional route to twice-weekly, rapid testing for everyone without symptoms. All you need to do is visit the NHS Test and Trace locator map and enter your postcode. You will be shown the pharmacies in your local area that are offering LFD test pack collection.

Community Testing

Staff and students in the UK should check their local council or borough's website for the provision of asymptomatic community testing in the area they live or work. You can also collect tests from a nearby pharmacy.

Asymptomatic means you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms of the virus you can book a test via the NHS.

Remember: if you test positive, or have been advised to self-isolate after being identified as close contact of someone who has tested positive, you should report it to the University via Report COVID.

If you're unsure which borough you live in, enter your postcode on gov.uk's find your local council page.

Your test results

If you receive a negative test result, you do not need to self-isolate but should continue to follow any UK government restrictions in place.

If you receive a positive LFD result, you will need to self-isolate and must take a different follow-up PCR test on the same day (or as soon as possible). This must be booked directly through the NHS. Choosing to visit a test site is faster than requesting a Home test. You and your household must all isolate for 10 days, or until you receive a negative PCR test result from the NHS. If you experience subsequent onset of symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms.

Report a positive test result

If you receive a positive test result or you are self-isolating, you will need to complete the Report COVID form to let the university know which UAL sites you have visited.

UK government travel restrictions

Strict travel restrictions have been implemented by the government for arrivals into the UK. This includes requirements for both testing and quarantine when arriving from many destinations. It is essential that you carefully review the government guidance before making any travel arrangements.

The tests required for people entering the UK must be pre-booked before you travel.

Please note the University cannot cover the costs you incur as a result of any travel restrictions or requirements.

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