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CONTINUOUS COVID-19 TESTING

This page was last updated on 14 April 2021

Following new government guidance issued on 21 January, we are now running a programme of continuous testing.

This means that any student or staff member coming on to campus regularly should take two LFTs every week. If you are using the campus on a less regular basis you must ensure you have had two negative tests immediately prior to returning to campus.

Booking a test

Can I access at home testing as well as using the Testing Facility on Campus?

Students may either use our testing centre on campus or carry out a home test. It is recommended that wherever possible students should undertake three supervised tests at our Testing Centre before moving to home testing permanently.

Can I access a Lateral Flow Test to use at home?

The tests used in our asymptomatic testing site are not suitable for home usage. The Department of Health and Social Care have made it clear that existing test kits cannot be used for self-testing and is outside the approval of Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Can staff and students access at home testing as well as using the Testing Facility on Campus

We are awaiting further details from the Department of Health and Social Care about how home testing can be used alongside our facility and we will update further week commencing 12 April 2021. In the meantime you should continue to use our testing centre on campus.

Can I still travel to attend my booked Covid-19 test? And if I test negative can I stay?

We are advising students not to return to Newcastle at this time, this includes to attend a Covid-19 test. If you are required to be on campus for face-to-face teaching, you should still attend your test and book them if you have not already. We will be in touch with further details about when the rest of on-campus teaching activities are expected to resume and you should book your Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests as close as possible to the time you expect to be back in Newcastle.

If you are already in Newcastle and need to visit campus for essential use of facilities, you can stay on campus once you have had a negative result from your second of two tests.

Following new government guidance issued on 21 January, we are now running a programme of continuous testing. 

This means that any student or staff member coming on to campus regularly should take two LFTs every week. If you are using the campus on a less regular basis you must ensure you have had two negative tests immediately prior to returning to campus.

Can I use an International mobile telephone number when I register for a Covid-19 test?

No, all students should provide a UK mobile number when they make a booking.

I’m a parent who has been offered the option to receive at home testing from my child’s school – should I continue to use the University testing centre?

Government guidance is that you should only use this service if you cannot get tests from a test site or your work due to limited supplies nationally - as such we would encourage you to engage with our testing facility on campus, and let us know if you have tested positive.

I’m just returning to campus - do I need to self-isolate until I have received the result of my LFT?

You should not engage in any on campus activity until you have taken two LFT tests (between 3-5 days apart). If you are unable to do this, then you should self-isolate for 10 days before accessing facilities.

I’m studying at Coach Lane Campus – why do I have to go to City campus to get tested?

Unfortunately owing to the size and complexity of running a testing programme site, we are unable to offer multiple locations to provide testing. Students at Coach Lane can use their student card on the Number 1 bus to travel free between the two campuses and we have extended our testing site opening hours to include Monday and Thursday 0800 start times and Fridays until 1830 to allow students more options to access a test.

I’m travelling to the UK to start or return to my studies – where do I access my Covid tests and do I have to isolate?

The University's current position is that students should not be attempting to travel at this time.

Current national guidelines are that you must have proof of a negative coronavirus (Covid-19) test to travel to England.

You must take a test even if you are a UK citizen. You must take the test in the 3 days before you start your journey to England.

Before you travel all students must also book the UK Government’s travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine – this costs £210.

Our programme of testing on campus is not the same, and cannot be used instead of the Government’s travel test package.

Guidance on what type of test you should take before you travel is available on the Government’s Covid-19 travel webpages.

When you arrive in England, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 10 days have passed. If you are travelling from a ‘red list’ country then you must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days, further detail is available on these Government webpages.

When should I get tested?

Before you return to campus you should take two tests, three days apart.

After that, you should continue to get tested regularly. Any student or staff member coming on to campus regularly should take two LFTs every week.

If you are using the campus on a less regular basis you should still ensure you have had two negative tests immediately prior to returning to campus.

I can't or do not want to get a test - what should I do?

We strongly encourage you to be tested ahead of your face-to-face teaching resuming or before visiting campus to for essential use of facilities. If you do not have a test, and have not had a positive test within 90 days, then you should not access campus until you have self-isolated for 10 days.

How do I book my tests?

Students can book a test via this link: https://northumbria.service-now.com/healthbook

Those who are still learning online should not return to Newcastle until further notice.

We will be in touch with you before on-campus teaching activities are expected to resume to confirm further details. You should book your Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests as close as possible to the time you expect to be back in Newcastle.

How do I cancel my tests?

You can cancel your appointments via the confirmation email you received when you booked your tests.

How long should I leave before my first and second test?

The government recommends that the gap between tests should be three days. If you are unable to book a test for three days afterwards, then it is strongly advised that your second test should happen no more than five days after your first.

Thereafter, any student or staff member coming on to campus regularly should take two LFTs every week. If you are using the campus on a less regular basis you should still ensure you have had two negative tests immediately prior to returning to campus.

I need additional assistance and have booked an accessible/privacy booth - will you help me with the test?

As this is a self-testing process, if you require any assistance with self-testing then you must arrange for someone to accompany you, as there will be no one on site to do this.

I study at Northumbria's campus in London - how do I get a test?

Our London campus remains open for essential access to self study learning space – this must be booked through the online booking portal in advance. Before you attend campus you must have tested negative for Covid-19 after taking two tests. You can book these tests by contacting our support team at nu.london@northumbria.ac.uk. If you are unable to take a test, then you must self-isolate at home for 10 days before accessing facilities.

I’m in Newcastle and intend to go onto campus to access facilities that are essential for my learning or for face to face teaching – should I get a test now?

Before you return to campus you should take two tests, three days apart.

After that, you should continue to get tested regularly. Any student or staff member coming on to campus regularly should take two LFTs every week.

If you are using the campus on a less regular basis you should still ensure you have had two negative tests immediately prior to returning to campus.

 

I’m unable to book two appointments before my healthcare placement starts – who should I speak to about this?

Please speak to your personal tutor in the first instance.

Getting the results of my test

How accurate is the test and the result I will receive?

It is important to understand that no test can ever be 100% accurate. It is possible that this test can produce, in a very small number of cases, a false negative result; and the test result also only tells you that you were negative at the time you were tested. It is also perhaps obvious but helpful to remember that it is a test – not a vaccine – so your test result does not mean you are immune.

I haven’t received my result within 24 hours – what should I do?

You will need to book a re-test which will be prioritised.

What should I do while I am waiting for the result of a test – am I allowed to use University facilities?

Yes, but you must continue to observe guidelines around Hands, Face, Space at all times. If you receive a positive result test you must leave campus immediately to start your self-isolation.

What do I do if any of my tests are positive?

If you return a positive LFT result, a confirmatory PCR test must be taken within 2 days of the positive result (if you do not take the test within 2 days, you must continue self-isolating for 10 days, even if the confirmatory test is negative).

You should follow the instructions given to take the follow up test at a test site, if possible, as it is faster than requesting a home test.

Until you get further advice you, and everyone in your household, must self-isolate immediately for 10 days. You should only leave home for your follow up test.

If you are self-isolating, you must also engage with our Record. Report. Support process.

Use 111 online or call 111 if you need medical help. In an emergency dial 999.

See www.gov.uk/coronavirus for more advice.

If we test negative in both tests, are we clear of Covid-19?

If your two tests are negative, this means you can have a high degree of confidence that you don’t have Covid-19. Its vitally important for you to adhere to guidance on keeping safe - as of course the test is not a vaccine and you can still catch the virus!

What if the result is inconclusive?

You will need to book a re-test which will be prioritised.

Will there be food parcels provided for self-isolating students? 

Yes – for those students who report that they are self-isolating, support will be available.

Do I need to get a test?

Can I take a lateral flow/PCR test in Ramadan?

It is likely that Muslims will need to take Covid PCR or lateral flow tests during Ramadan. The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has reviewed high opinions from different schools of thoughts and concluded that taking a test does not invalidate the fast during Ramadan as per the opinion of the majority of Islamic scholars. You can find more information from BIMA about Coronavirus on their dedicated web pages.

Can my housemate take a test at Northumbria, even though he goes to a different University?

The University’s insurance only covers Northumbria University students and staff so unfortunately; we are unable to offer tests to students from other institutions. 

Do I need a test if I have already had Covid?

If staff/students have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for COVID-19, they are likely to have developed some immunity. These people are exempt from testing by both PCR and LFT within 90 days of a positive test, unless they develop new symptoms. This should only be done after completion of the required self-isolation period (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection).

They are still required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case, even if this is within the 90 day window.

However, subjects may choose to take a LFT after the isolation period. If they are found positive on LFT, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days or longer if symptomatic.

I am a student on a work placement or I am a Degree Apprentice who works off campus - how can I get tested?

If students are on a placement or on a Degree Apprentice programme and not attending university facilities, they should follow and participate in any testing regime in place at their placement or employer. It is not necessary to travel to university to be tested before travelling to a placement, unless this is advised by the placement provider. 

I am only on Campus one day a week, do I still need two tests each week?

You are strongly recommended to access two tests (with negative results) prior to your initial return to campus. However, following this, if you are only on campus one day a week, you would access a test on that day each week.

Multiple tests should be 3-5 days apart so if you are on campus more than once a week, we advise you access two tests as per this spacing guidance.

 

I have had the Covid-19 vaccine, do I still need to get tested?

Yes, you still need to get tested if you have had the Coronavirus vaccine because the vaccination may not provide 100% protection.

I’m due to start a Healthcare placement shortly – do I need to take two tests ahead of it starting?

Yes, you should take two tests before your placement begins. You can book your tests via HealthBook.

Why do we have to maintain distancing after a negative test?

While a negative test will give you a huge degree of confidence that you do not have Covid-19, you still need to be careful and follow the same safety advice and local restrictions that we have all been adhering to since March 2020.

Why should I get tested if I have no symptoms?

Lateral flow test is designed to detect the level of virus in individuals who do not experience and show any symptoms (they are asymptomatic), but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others. By taking a test, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and save lives.

Why would I take the test? If positive, I’ll have to self-isolate. Why would I take the risk?

It is of the utmost importance that we all do our bit to stop the spread of the virus and protect other members of society. Participating in the test will help our country fight the pandemic and save lives. Self-isolation, whilst disruptive for those affected, is an essential part of the fight against the virus.

Will everyone have to have a test?

We urge you to follow the testing programme in place and get tested as you return to campus. By getting tested you can ensure you have done everything you can to protect yourself and others against the virus. This means not only following the advice we are all sticking to, but also taking part in this vitally important testing so we can stop transmission of Covid-19 throughout our community.

What should I do if I have missed/need to rearrange my testing slot?

If you missed your booking slot you will be able to re-book a new slot, subject to availability. If you need to rearrange a booked slot you will be able to cancel the original booking and book a new slot.

Will I be punished for not getting a test? 

No. The test is not compulsory, but we strongly encourage you to book yourself a test. If you do not get tested, you will need to continue to observe Covid-19 protocols as set out by the university and any national restrictions that apply.  

Travelling to Campus

Now that we are in a national lockdown, can I travel back?

The Prime Minister announced a new lockdown for England on Monday 4 January. You must only leave our homes if it is absolutely necessary, such as for shopping and medical appointments.

We are advising all students that they should stay at home and not return to Newcastle to their University accommodation at this time. You should not move between your permanent home and student home during term time.

This means that all teaching will be online from week commencing 25 January 2021, except in those areas which are being allowed to continue face-to-face learning by Government. You can read more information about the latest national lockdown on the dedicated webpage.

We will be in touch with you again before on-campus teaching activities are expected to resume to explain when you should book your Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests.

If you are in Newcastle already, will take part in face-to-face teaching in one of the Government specified subject areas, or will visit the campus for essential use, you should book your two tests as close to your return to campus as possible. 

What do I need to do when I travel to the UK from overseas to resume/start my studies?

International students should follow the latest entry rules and Covid-19 guidance from the UK Government for the country they are travelling from.

When should I return?

All teaching, except in the areas which are being allowed to continue face-to-face learning by Government as listed below, is currently online. We ask those whose learning has remained online, not to travel back to campus at this time.

  • Medicine & dentistry
  • Subjects allied to medicine/health
  • Veterinary science
  • Education (initial teacher training)
  • Social work
  • Courses which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and or mandatory activity which is scheduled for January and which cannot be rescheduled.

You will receive confirmation of this but if you are still unsure if this applies to you, please contact your programme leader.

We will be in touch shortly with further details about when the rest of on-campus teaching activities are expected to resume.

Will I need a LFT test when I travel to the UK from overseas to resume/start studies?

International students should follow the latest entry rules and Covid-19 guidance from the UK Government for the country they are travelling from

 

If you have been in the country for some time (more than two weeks), we would encourage you to take a test on campus as well.


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