Government guidance makes it clear that all students who have returned to a hall of residence and/or are accessing campus are required to be tested. As previously communicated, asymptomatic testing for all students will be offered between 4 January – 28 February 2021 and will continue in the old gym on the edge of Athena Hall. An appointment for your test can be made online at https://commisceo-pcs.shiftpartner.com/sign-up or by calling 0333 7726144 .
All students (commuter or in halls/private accommodation) for the practical subjects listed who will be arriving on campus from the 4th January or who need to access the campus under one of the other criteria are required to take two tests within a three-day testing window. Students should minimise social contact until two negative test results have been confirmed. In addition, students who have stayed on campus over the winter break and have had social contact with others within the previous 10 days should also be tested. Any student who chooses not to access the testing will need to self-isolate for 10 days before accessing the campus.
The testing centre is located underneath Athena Hall, in the former Gym and will be available from 4 – 28 February. www.uos.ac.uk/content/find-us.
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 from Monday 4 January to Sunday 28 February 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.