Asymptomatic Testing for Staff and Students

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Asymptomatic lateral flow tests are available for all staff and students. Tests will take place at Leeds Beckett University's Headingley and City campuses. 

  • You should go for a test twice on the week you return to campus  - immediately on your return then again three days after.
  • From 8 March, you should continue to be tested twice a week

Days and times for walk-in testing

You do not need to book your asymptomatic test but must take your conservatoire ID card with you. You can walk in for your test during the below times and you should return for your second test three days later. Your results should be generated within an hour of taking the test.

Note: If you have had a positive Covid-19 PCR test in the last 90 days, you do not need to take a lateral flow test.

City Campus venue

Events Hall, Leeds Beckett Students’ Union, Portland Building, Portland Way, Leeds LS1 3HE

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8:30AM and 3.30PM

Headingley Campus venue

Tennis Centre, Carnegie Sports Centre, Headingley Campus, Leeds LS6 3QQ

  • Thursday and Friday between 9AM and 4PM

Rapid Tests at Home

Anyone in England who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for Covid-19. This includes the option to get rapid tests to do at home.

If you are unable to access testing at Leeds Beckett up to 2 packs of 7 tests can be collected from a local pharmacy or testing site, or you can order a pack of 7 tests to be sent to your address. Further information can be found on the NHS website information on rapid testing. If you do tests at home, you will need to report your results online or on the phone.

Further information and FAQs

What are Lateral Flow antigen tests? 

Lateral Flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that could be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people (those who are infectious, but not aware of this).

This would better enable the Government/NHS Test and Trace to identify asymptomatic cases who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chain of transmission.

Lateral Flow antigen tests detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing a visual positive or negative result dependant on the presence of the virus. The tests have been validated by Public Health England. They are safe and offer reliable results. 

How is this different from the more commonly used Covid-19 test? 

The test currently more commonly used in the NHS is the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. These are readily available to all individuals showing symptoms of Covid-19. 

How is the test taken? 

You will receive guidance in how to take the test, supported by trained on-site staff. The test involves applying a swab to the throat and nose. The sample is processed on-site, and the results are available within 1 hour.  

Should I take this test if I have Covid-19 symptoms?

No, if you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 (Fever, continuous cough or changes to sense of taste and smell) you should continue to book a test via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 in England and Wales, or 0300 303 2713 in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Note: If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 90 days, you do not need to take a Lateral Flow Test.

Is this compulsory? 

We strongly encourage staff and students to take part in this testing. However, participation is entirely voluntary, on an 'opt in' basis, and individuals may withdraw from the testing activity at any point.  

What happens if you return a positive LFT result?  

You will be required to self-isolate for 10 days and follow Government guidance. In the case of a student, their whole accommodation household will be required to self-isolate.

You should walk, cycle or drive home wherever possible. You should not use public transport or a taxi or private hire vehicle to return home.

If driving, you should try to be the only person in the vehicle, but can share a car with your household or support bubble if necessary. You should open windows, wear a face covering and sit far away from others if sharing a car.

What happens if you return a negative LFT result? 

If upon return to campus, the first LFD test result is negative, you should limit social contact and interaction with other students until you receive a second negative LFD test result. This is to limit the risk of transmission.

Students and staff testing negative as part of the weekly testing programme can continue as normal unless a member of their household tests positive. In this case, their whole household would be required to self-isolate and follow Government guidance.

Travelling to/from the testing centres

Before you get tested, you should make sure you have arrangements in place to travel home safely in the event they test positive.

You should walk, cycle or drive wherever possible. You should not use public transport or a taxi or private hire vehicle to return home if you have tested positive.

If driving, you should try to be the only person in the vehicle, but can share a car with your household or support bubble if necessary. You should open windows, wear a face covering and sit far away from others if sharing a car.

Will it provide evidence that I am “fit to fly”?

It is intended to provide reassurance to you and your family and friends, but should not be regarded as “fit to fly” evidence and may not be accepted by travel companies and airlines as such. Please check with your travel provider what standard of proof they require. You may have to seek a separate PCR test from one of the various commercial, online or High Street providers.

Can staff attend during working hours/will PT staff be paid?

Staff can book a test during normal working hours by arrangement with their line manager, provided that appropriate cover can be found.

PT staff who need to book a test outside of normal working hours will be paid half an hour at their normal hourly rate, in the subsequent payroll. Travel and expenses may be paid by arrangement with line managers.

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