Book a free asymptomatic test

Updated 22 January 2021

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We are providing asymptomatic rapid testing facilities on campus  for those returning to Leeds who don’t have symptoms of covid-19 (known as being asymptomatic). 

You must be tested for COVID-19 – and found negative – before you interact with others or use campus facilities such as libraries, study spaces, computer clusters, laboratories etc. This is irrespective of when you return to Leeds and regardless of whether you have remained in the city region after the break.

You do not need to have had a negative test result to access your University accommodation, but you must minimise contact with others and not use campus facilities until you have received two negative lateral flow test results.

These tests are available for students and postgraduate researchers, and staff who will be working on campus. You can book a test if you aren’t showing coronavirus symptoms. It will help to identify if you are asymptomatic and  carrying the virus – in which case you will need to self-isolate to avoid transmitting the virus to others. 

If you are a student returning to Leeds you are advised to book two lateral flow tests, three days apart.  We are also encouraging all staff and students who are on campus during the national lockdown to take a weekly lateral flow test. 

Regular testing

The Government has confirmed that if you are currently able to be on campus (and fall into one of the categories detailed under ‘Returning to Campus’ above) you will be eligible for twice weekly testing lateral flow testing from Monday 25 January and we encourage you to make use of this. Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure safety on campus to help enable a return to face to face teaching as soon as is possible.

If you have been isolating

If you have been selfisolating for the previous 10 days, taken a test in the UK immediately prior to returning to Leeds, or have had a positive covid-19 PCR test in the last 90 days through NHS Test and Trace, you do not need to take the lateral flow test. 

If you test positive at any time for covid-19 please remember to let us know so we can support you. 

The asymptomatic tests are easy to self-administer. Results will be sent by SMS or email via the NHS test and trace system, typically in an hour.   

Testing if you have any symptoms

If you are showing symptoms, you must not book an asymptomatic test – instead, you must book a test through the usual NHS Test and Trace Service.    

The below FAQs are relevant to students, staff and postgraduate researchers. View specific staff and postgraduate researcher FAQs. 

Frequently asked questions 

Booking a test 

Your results 

About the tests 

Information for staff and postgraduate researchers

 I have a question that isn’t covered in the FAQs 

Booking a test

How do I book a test? 

Use this form to book an appointment to take the Lateral Flow Device Test 

Are tests compulsory? 

You must be tested for COVID-19 – and found negative – before you interact with others or use campus facilities such as libraries, study spaces, computer clusters, laboratories etc. This is irrespective of when you return to Leeds and regardless of whether you have remained in the city region after the break.

You do not need to have had a negative test result to access your University accommodation, but you must minimise contact with others and not use campus facilities until you have received two negative lateral flow test results.

We strongly encourage staff and postgraduate researchers who will be working on campus to take a test to provide an additional control measure in reducing the covid transmission risk on campus. 

We are also encouraging all staff and students who are on campus during the national lockdown to take a weekly lateral flow test. 

I’m already back in Leeds or didn’t leave Leeds over the winter break. Should I still take a test?  

Yes – please take a test immediately and limit social contact until you’ve had your second negative result. 

I have self-isolated for 10 days. Do I need to take the lateral flow tests?

If you have self-isolated for 10 days you do not need to take two lateral flow tests before accessing campus facilities, but you are encouraged to take a weekly test.

Do I need a test before I go into University accommodation?

No, you can arrive in your accommodation and then take a test at the earliest opportunity or immediately. You should limit your social contact and interaction with others until you receive your test results.

I haven’t received a confirmation email. What should I do? 

When you book please ensure you have entered the correct email address. Your confirmation email should arrive at that address. 

If you booked a test and haven’t received a confirmation email please contact the bookings helpline on 0113 3438577 and they will be able to confirm whether your test is booked. 

Can I book both tests at once? 

You can book your second test in advance. To do this you will need to submit two separate bookings. Please remember to cancel your second test if the first result is positive. 

Do I need to book soon? 

To ensure you get the test dates you want we recommend you book a test as soon as possible. The first test should be taken as soon as you arrive  back at the University. 

I’m a student. Can my housemates be tested if they aren’t university students? 

You need to be a registered University of Leeds student, postgraduate researcher or member of staff to book a test in University of Leeds testing facilities. 

What should I bring with me to the test? 

  • A charged phone, laptop or device with confirmation of your booking. 
  • We needyour student or staff ID card to verify your identity. Ideally please bring that, but if you don’t have it please bring another form of photo ID. 
  • A face covering or mask. Make sure it covers your mouth and nose. Wear it at all times except when your sample is taken. A staff member will tell you when you can take it off and put it back on again. 
  • If possible, bring your personal alcohol hand sanitiser as you will be required to clean your hands before testing. 
  • A bottle of water, if you want one as we can’t provide water at the testing centre. 

What if I choose not to have an asymptomatic lateral flow test when I return?

All students are strongly encouraged to take a lateral flow test when return to campus. If you choose not to take a test on return to University you are asked to self isolate for 10 days.

I have received the COVID-19 vaccine do I still need to take a lateral flow test?

Yes – there is no guidance at this stage to state that receiving the vaccine means you are exempt from taking a lateral flow test. We request that you continue to take a test in line with the University’s guidance.

Your results

What happens if I test positive? 

If your test is positive you are legally required to self-isolate and  please report this to the University using the reporting process. If you need to self-isolate in Leeds, support and help is available. 

What do I do if my results are negative? 

If the first test result is negative then you will not need to self-isolate but should limit your social contact and interaction with others until you receive a second negative test result. We encourage you to take a second test as two negative test results provide an indication that you are not carrying the virus.  

Negative tests do not remove the risk of transmission – you must continue to follow good hygiene and observe social distancing measures. 

Where do I go to get tested? 

The Asymptomatic testing facility is located in the refectory, using the main entrance to the Leeds Student Union located on the University  campus. Further details are on the booking form. 

How long do the tests take? 

The testing process takes around 15 minutes.  

How and when will I get my results? 

It is expected that you will receive a message with your results by text or email within an hour of taking the test. How you receive your results depends on which details you provided when you registered.  

What should I do if I don’t receive my result after taking a test?

The advice is to contact NHS 119 who will give you advice – they are likely to advise you to retake the test. Therefore if you do not receive the result we advise that you rebook for the next available slot.

About the tests

Do I need to self-isolate between two tests? 

No, not if you are negative on the first test. You should however limit your social contact and interaction with others until you receive your second test. If you test positive on either of your tests you will be required to have a PCR test and will need to self-isolate until you receive the result of this test.  

How long should I wait between two tests? 

The two tests should be three days apart.   

Do I need two tests or will one do? 

Research suggests that the asymptomatic or LFD test has been found to have a lower sensitivity than the usual NHS Test and Trace service (PCR test) and the potential to miss some covid-19 positive cases. Taking two tests close to each other will pick up cases that were not present in the first round of testing.  

I’ve recently had a positive test result, using the NHS Test and Trace service (also known as a PCR test), do I still need an asymptomatic test? 

If you have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for covid-19, you are likely to have developed some immunity, and therefore a repeat LFD test is not necessary within this period.  

I took a PCR test before travelling to the UK. Do I need to take another test in Leeds before I can access campus facilities? 

If you were required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK then you do not need to take a lateral flow test before you access campus facilities once you have finished your period of self-isolation. You are encouraged to take a weekly test. 

Other than me, who will see my results? 

Once you have provided a sample at the Test Centre and it has been anonymised (via the application of a barcode), the University will be unable to retrieve or extract your data. When you register your sample with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) they will become the Data Controller. They may, depending on the outcome of your test results, share your data with the NHS Test and Trace service and with Public Health England, who may in turn share your results with your GP and with the University.  

For travelling purposes is the asymptomatic test a PCR test? 

No. The asymptomatic test is a Lateral flow test, not a PCR test. You will need to check with your destination as to the rules and criteria they require for you to travel there. 

Is the University checking that people have been tested before allowing them to use the facilities? 

No, due to the complexities of this a physical check will not be taking place.  

You can encourage and remind others that there are testing facilities available on the campus and you may wish to signpost them to the booking website to arrange for a test. 

How long will the University provide testing facilities? 

The testing facilities are currently in place until 5 February but this is under constant review by the DHSC (Department of Health and Social Care) and further updates will be provided in the future. 

What is a Lateral Flow Device test? 

Lateral flow antigen tests are intended to detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad.  Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. The devices are designed to be intuitive and require minimal training to operate.  

Swabbing and processing of these tests will be conducted on campus as a self-test with supervision from trained personnel.  

What is the difference between the tests? 

PCR tests
These are for people with symptoms (such as the one located in the gryphon sports hall) and booked through the usual  NHS test and trace process. 

The PCR test looks for the virus’s genetic material (Ribonucleic acid or RNA). It requires a laboratory to be processed and it takes longer to receive the results. 

Asymptomatic (lateral flow) tests
These tests are for people without coronavirus symptoms. They use a lateral flow antigen test, which detects the coronavirus antigen that is produced when a person is infectious with coronavirus. These are quicker tests, that produce a result within 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to be processed. 

FAQs for staff and postgraduate researchers 

Do I have to take the test before I can work on the campus? 

We are asking staff or postgraduate researchers to take a test immediately on their return to campus. The result will be registered within an hour. If you receive a negative test you are free to continue with your work activity, ensuring you continue to follow all of the University Covid guidelines. 

Im already working/I’ve already been working on campus – should I still take a test? 

Yes. We are encouraging staff to take a test on a weekly basis while we have access to the testing facility. 

How often should I take a test? 

We are encouraging all staff and postgraduate researchers who are working on campus to take a test on a weekly basis. It is helpful if you take your first two tests 3 days apart and then continue to do so weekly for the duration of the time that you are working on the campus.  

I am working from home and not expecting to come onto the campus for work – can I still get a test? 

No. The testing facilities are solely for staff, postgraduate researchers and students who are working or studying on the University campus. Those not required to work or study on the campus should not attend just to be tested. 

I have a question that isn’t covered in the FAQs 

If you have a question that isn’t covered by the FAQs above, then please let us know by using this Microsoft form.