How do I get a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test? (England)

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Getting a rapid lateral flow test is quick and easy, and there are currently (as of 11th May 2021) three different methods you can chose from.

Reminder: Students must have completed and received a negative result (via the NHS text as shown above) to be admitted onto campus.

1. HOME ORDER KIT

You can order a set of 7 kits to be delivered to your home address. (est. delivery is 1-3 working days) Order yours at: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

When testing at home, you will need to register their results online or by calling 119. You should self-isolate if positive and order a confirmatory PCR test.

2. PHARMACY COLLECT

A new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service is also launching which will provide an additional route to regular testing. People aged over 18 without symptoms will be able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of 7 rapid tests to use twice a week at home: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

When testing at home, you will need to register their results online or by calling 119. You should self-isolate if positive and order a confirmatory PCR test.

3. BOOK AN APPOINTMENT AT A TEST SITE

There are a number of asymptomatic/rapid test centres across the UK, and you aren't just restricted to those close to home; Students in HE can book tests for sites covering the university address as well as their home address.

You can check for your nearest (to home/campus) test site by heading to: https://www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site

Tests can take anywhere from 30 mins to up to 12 hours to get the results, so we recommend getting your test the day before you intend to come onsite.

If your test comes back positive, follow the instructions on self-isolating and do not attempt to come onto campus.


Please contact your campus if you have any further questions.

  • Last Updated May 11, 2021
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  • Answered By Matthew Kibble

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