The lateral flow test

Find out more about what the lateral flow test is and what it involves


What is a lateral flow test?

Lateral flow antigen tests are tests for students and staff who don’t have any symptoms (asymptomatic). The test is intended to detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad.

They are simple to take, and you need to take two within three days of one another. Tests don’t need to go to a lab and results are provided within an hour or so, depending on demand, so you won’t have to wait long to know.

Why should I get tested?

Students and staff who attend campus regularly are required to be tested on a weekly basis through the test centre. For regular test results, it is more efficient for students and staff to create an NHS account as this speeds up the registration process. Hear from Douglas Searle, Director of Health and Safety, on why getting tested is so important to our community

Any students or staff member who experiences coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms must follow government guidance, including self-isolating immediately and booking a test through nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 in England and Wales, or 0300 303 2713 in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

What does a test involve?

You can book a test here for our Egham campus and here for our Central London campus.  

When you arrive for your test, you'll be directed by a member of staff to complete this yourself. The tests involve you taking a swab from the back of your throat and your nose. View step-by-step instructions here.  A member of staff will then arrange for this to be processed and let you know how and when you'll receive your result.

Take a look at the NHS video below to find out more about what’s involved.

What happens after my results?

If the test result is negative, you can continue to work/attend class as usual and you will be informed of any future testing.

If you test positive, you and the people you live with need to self-isolate immediately and you will need to get an NHS Covid-19 test (known as a PCR test) to confirm if you have Covid-19. If your PCR test comes back positive, please let us know by completing this form so that we are able to support you. 

Find out more about lateral flow test results here.

How often should I get tested?

Hear from Douglas Searle, Director of Health and Safety, on how often you should get tested for Covid-19 here

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