Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for students

Free asymptomatic tests for UWE Bristol students between 30 November and 6 December 2020.

On behalf of the UK government, we’ll be providing free asymptomatic tests for UWE Bristol students between 30 November and 6 December. They’ll be available by pre-booked appointment in the Sports Hall at the Centre for Sport on Frenchay Campus. The facility will be open from 09:00 to 21:00 each day (last appointment 20:45).

Each appointment only takes 15 minutes and you’ll be guided on how to administer the test yourself. It’s quick and easy. And with these tests, you’ll get the results quickly via text and email. 

You might not have symptoms, but you could be carrying the virus which means you are likely to spread the virus to many others. By getting a free Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before you travel home, you’ll be able to prevent spreading the virus to your loved ones.

Help us break the chain of transmission – get your free tests before you travel. Even if you test positive, you’ll have plenty of time to self-isolate in your student accommodation and travel home in time for the holidays. And we’ll be here to support you.

If  you test positive with this asymptomatic test you must tell the University. Stay inside and report symptoms online using Infohub (login required). Should you have problems filling out the form or you need advice, please call the Covid Support Team on tel: +44(0)117 32 87000. The phone number is open from 09:00 to 19:00 every day.

How to book your tests

To be the most confident that you won’t be taking coronavirus home with you, you should have two lateral flow tests, 72 hours apart, before travelling. If you’re not able to get both before travelling, one negative test is better than no test.

Book an appointment for a COVID-19 test

On the day of the test

Sports hall
Follow signs at the Centre for Sport

Sports hall booths
Go into a booth and follow the instructions for taking your swab

Read more about student COVID testing on the BBC website.

The testing process: what to expect

Take a look around the booths at the Centre for Sport as Test Assistant Emma explains the testing process.

Testing

What is a Lateral Flow Antigen Test?

A Lateral Flow Antigen Test detects the coronavirus antigen that is produced when a person is infectious with coronavirus. These are quicker tests, that produce a result normally within 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to be processed. This is the test that is being offered.

Is this the same as the NHS Covid test for people who have symptoms?

No. The NHS uses what’s known as a ‘PCR’ test, and looks for the virus’s genetic material (Ribonucleic acid or RNA). These tests are currently more commonly used in the NHS for symptomatic testing. They require a laboratory to be processed.

If you test positive for coronavirus using a Lateral Flow Antigen Test, you’ll need to contact the NHS to book a free PCR test to confirm your test result.

How accurate is the test?

The UK government advises that lateral flow tests are very accurate, which means that only a very small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive). However, in mass testing, because so many people without symptoms are being tested there is still the possibility of getting a false positive result. Therefore, if you get a positive test with the Lateral Flow Antigen Test, you will need to have a confirmatory PCR test to make sure the result is correct.

How many tests do I need?

To be the most confident that you won’t be taking coronavirus home with you, you should have two lateral flow tests, 72 hours apart, before travelling. If you’re not able to get both before travelling, one negative test is better than no test.

Can I get an asymptomatic test after 6 December?

These asymptomatic tests are being offered to support the government’s initiative to encourage students to travel during the travel window of 3 to 9 December. If you’re unable to travel until after the ‘travel window’ due to placements or research activities, please speak to your programme leader. If you develop coronavirus symptoms, don’t travel. Call the Covid Support Team on Tel: +44 (0)117 32 87000.

Do I need a car parking permit if I’m driving onto Frenchay Campus for a test?

No, you don’t need a car parking permit. You can park at the Centre for Sport while you are getting a test.

Results

What if I get a negative result from both of my tests?

You should travel within 24 hours of your second test, ensuring you maintain social distancing, cover your face when necessary and wash your hands regularly.

Most teaching will be moved online from 3 December. Exceptions will be practical sessions, most of which will continue face-to-face until Tuesday 8 December. However, you should travel home within 24 hours of your second negative test, even if this means you miss face to face sessions. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you have a chance to make them up.

You don’t need to tell the University that you have tested negative or that you are travelling home.

What if I get a positive result?

You must self-isolate immediately and tell the University either by reporting it online using Infohub (login required) or by calling the Covid Support Team on tel: +44(0)117 32 87000. The phone number is open from 09:00 to 19:00 every day.

Do I need to self-isolate between the two tests?

No, not if you are negative on the first test.

What if I’m already in self-isolation? Can I take a test?

No. You must continue to self-isolate and travel home within 24 hours of the end of your self-isolation period. If you develop symptoms, you need to contact the Covid Support Team so we can support you.

Travel

Do I have to have a test to travel home?

No, testing is not compulsory, but is highly recommended so you don’t unknowingly take the virus with you. If you are travelling home, we encourage you to travel between Thursday 3 December and Wednesday 9 December.

If you are travelling and haven’t had a test, it’s important that you limit your contact with others, follow social distancing guidelines, cover your face and wash your hands regularly.

When can I travel home?

If you are planning on travelling home for the Christmas Vacation, you are encouraged to travel between Thursday 3 December and Wednesday 9 December, or within 24 hours of your second negative test.

When travelling, follow government travel guidance which includes wearing face coverings, and avoiding busy routes and times.

It’s recommended that you book your travel ahead of time. National Express is offering a 10% discount for students.

Do I have to travel home during the ‘travel window’? I have flights booked for a different time.

You can travel home whenever is convenient for you. The University will remain open, including libraries and hospitality, even after Wednesday 9 December. If you’re staying on campus over the Christmas Vacation, we’ll still be available to support you.

If you’re able to travel home during the ‘travel window’ we would encourage you to do so. The ‘travel window’ has been put in place to align with the lifting of the lockdown in England.

Will this test let me travel internationally?

It is unlikely that this test will fulfil the requirements that some countries have to enter. This is a ‘lateral flow antigen test’ (LFT). If the country that you are travelling to requires a negative PCR test, this test won’t meet the requirements. This type of test is only offered by the NHS (for free) if you have symptoms of coronavirus. You will need to contact a private provider to get a PCR test if you are asymptomatic.

You are responsible for ensuring you meet the Covid requirements for international travel.

Privacy notice

The University is supporting Public Health England and the NHS Test and Trace service with its efforts in managing the outbreak of Covid-19. We are also helping to maintain the safety and wellbeing of our campus community by asking those who show symptoms to tell us as soon as possible. In practice, this means that UWE Bristol will be collecting new personal information and on occasion use some of the existing data that we hold about you for contact tracing purposes. For more information, please see our full Covid-19 Privacy Notice.

For more information about the existing personal data that we may hold about you and how we ordinarily use it please see our Student Privacy Notice.