The University continues to work closely with Public Health Suffolk and the Waterfront Test Centre will remain open until the 30 June 2021. Although our centre will continue to be open 7 days a week, its opening hours will reduce to 7am-2pm. Asymptomatic testing will continue in the former Profiles gym, underneath Athena Hall. An appointment for your test can be made online or by calling 0333 7726144 .
Home testing kits are now available across the county. If home testing is preferable for you, kits can be collected from both test centres and collection sites such as public libraries and pharmacies. Thet are also available from our centre.
To find a test centre or collection site near you please use the Find a Vaccination or Test Centre interactive map. A new window will open and you can filter your search depending upon the type of site and service you are looking for.
As the prevalence of COVID-19 reduces to low levels in the population, the chance of a false positive result increases – though still remains unlikely. The risk of false positives can be mitigated by confirming a positive lateral flow test with another test – such as a PCR test. In England, the requirement for a confirmatory PCR test was re-instated with effect from the start of business on Tuesday 30 Mar 2021.
Find out more about the reintroduction of confirmatory PCR testing in this Public Health message.
Where is the testing centre?
Testing will take place in the previous Profile Gym area, underneath Athena Hall (behind the James Hehir building).
When will the centre operate?
The testing centre will operate until the end of June 2021 and will be open from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, seven days a week.
What do I have to do in order to take a test?
The centre is not a drop-in facility, it will be necessary for you to book your appointment by telephoning 03337 726144. You will be asked to confirm your first name, second name and mobile telephone number.
Why do I have to book?
The booking system enables the testing team to manage the flow of users, thereby avoiding unnecessary delays or time in the centre.
If I haven’t booked, can I still go to have my test?
Ideally, you will have booked to help us with managing the testing process safely for all users. However, if you haven’t booked and are on campus, if the team is able to facilitate your test when you call then they will do so. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.
What type of test is it?
A Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test will be completed. This means that you will have your results confirmed to you within a short period of time (30-60 minutes).
What happens when I arrive?
When you arrive at the centre, you will be met by one of the team who will give you a bar code. This bar code is unique to you. You will be asked to complete the registration detail (names, NHS number (if you know it) and indicate whether you are a student or staff member) and will then scan your bar code.
Having completed the registration process, you will move to the swabbing area; having completed your swab you will leave it on the tray provided and then be able to leave.
Your result will be sent by text or email within around 30 minutes.
If your result is positive, the National Test and Trace team will be notified.
What do I do once I have my test result?
If your asymptomatic test result is negative, you are able to continue as you were before, adhering to the government, local and university rules.
If your asymptomatic test is positive, you will be given information from the National Test and Trace team on where to go to have a PCR test.
If your test is positive, please let us know at email@example.com so that we can discuss any support that you might need from the university.
Am I identifiable?
No person is identifiable through the centre. The testing system and reporting to National Test and Trace team observes strict privacy protocols and you will not be identifiable to anyone in the test centre. Please see Privacy information for all users of the NHS Test and Trace testing service.