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Coronavirus testing for students

Get screened to keep you, your mates and your lecturers safe

To keep the campus as safe as possible, you should get tested regularly for Covid, even if you don't have symptoms.

If travelling between home and University, you should take a Covid test at home before travelling to university. Once you’ve arrived, you should take 2 lateral flow tests (3 to 4 days apart) using home test kits or at a community testing site in Portsmouth.

If you test positive you'll be given instructions by NHS Test and Trace and you must tell the University by informing:

  1. your MyPort Hub
  2. personal tutor
  3. and the University's central COVID team using this Covid Report Form

If you don't have coronavirus symptoms

Lateral flow testing

If you don't have symptoms, you can:

Collect a test kit on campus

You can visit the University's test collection service to pick up your home testing kits. There is no need to book an appointment - this is a walk in service. Just arrive at one of the below nine help desks during normal opening times:

Test results

Positive result

If your lateral flow test gives you a positive result, it's likely that you are carrying Covid-19. You must book a follow-up PCR test through the NHS website for confirmation, and follow self-isolation instructions.

You must tell the University by informing:

  1. your MyPort Hub
  2. personal tutor
  3. and the University's central COVID team using this Covid Report Form
Negative result

A negative result means it's likely you're not infectious, but you should follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading the virus.

Reporting your results

It's important you report your test results, whether positive or negative. These results, once reported, will show on your NHS app, and can be used as proof of Covid status for entry into some venues and events.  

Recycling your kits and PPE

As long as you were not Covid-19 positive at the time of use, you can recycle your used test kits (in the plastic bags provided), along with used PPE like face coverings.

Drop these materials in the recycling bin at University Library, and when full, the bin will be collected by ReWorked who recycle the material into new products such as furniture.

If you have coronavirus symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, book your test through the Government's national booking portal to one of a network of testing sites

If you test positive you'll automatically be entered into the NHS test and trace system. You must also inform your MyPort Hub, Personal Tutor and the University's central COVID team using this Covid Report Form.

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