Free asymptomatic COVID-19 tests

Updated 1 November 2021

Free COVID-19 lateral flow testing is now available to everyone in England. All staff, students and postgraduate researchers are asked to take two tests each week to help prevent transmission of the virus.

Where to collect rapid lateral flow tests on campus

  • You can collect rapid lateral flow tests from the LUU helpdesk, Brotherton Library, Edward Boyle Library, Health Sciences Library and the Laidlaw Library. You don’t need an appointment.
  • You will need to wear face covering and each box contains 7 tests, with all the instructions provided.
  • All results should be recorded regardless of the outcome.

Rapid lateral flow home tests

Getting tested if you have symptoms

Frequently asked questions

Your results 

About the tests 

Vaccinations and testing

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Your results

How do I report the results?

If you take a home lateral flow test, you must report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test to the NHS in line with government requirements.

What happens if I test positive? 

If you test positive, you must notify us and then book a PCR test through NHS Test and Trace. You will need to  self-isolate until you get the results of the PCR test.

What do I do if my results are negative? 

You should continue with the twice weekly tests as negative tests do not remove the risk of transmission. We advise that you continue to follow good hygiene, wear a face covering (unless exempt) and observe social distancing measures. 

About the tests

Do I need to self-isolate between two tests? 

If you test positive on either of your tests you will need to self-isolate.  

If you test negative you do not need to self-isolate.

How long should I wait between two tests? 

The two tests should ideally be taken three days apart. 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 government advice is that you should not be re-tested within 90 days of that test, unless you develop any new symptoms of COVID-19. 

What is a lateral flow 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 and booked through the 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. 

Vaccinations Q&A

Will I be expected to have a vaccine before I go to campus?

No, you will not be expected to have had a vaccine before going to our campus.  Free COVID-19 lateral flow testing (for people without COVID-19 symptoms) are available to everyone. You are asked to book two tests each week to help prevent transmission of the  virus.

If I’ve had the vaccine, do I still need to take the twice-weekly lateral flow tests?

At the moment, even if people have been vaccinated, we still need to keep all the covid-secure measures in place, to protect everyone. The twice-weekly lateral flow tests for staff and students are still a key part of these covid-secure measures on campus.

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