Twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 tests for everyone in England

13 April 2021

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From Friday 9 April, everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid Covid-19 test twice a week. The increase in testing of people without Covid-19 symptoms, alongside the vaccination programme, is to help stop the spread of the virus and allow society to reopen.

Students and staff who have been testing twice-weekly on campus can continue to access tests in the same way. Students and staff who are not coming onto campus can now access testing through the following ways:

  • a home ordering service,
  • community testing
  • collection at a local NHS PCR test site
  • the new Pharmacy Collect service.

The NHS website has details of how to find your local test collection points, including pharmacies offering Pharmacy Collect, community testing centres and information on how to order home kits.

If you are testing at home, you will need to register your results online or by calling 119. You will also need to report a positive test result to the University through the Coronavirus Reporting Form. You should self-isolate if positive and book a confirmatory PCR test.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should book a test online or by calling 119.

Please note, the University’s rapid Covid-19 testing centres are not able to give out testing kits for students and staff to use at home, as our testing agreement with the Department for Education/Department of Health and Social Care does not permit this.