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  • 14 September 2020
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New dates are being added for coronavirus testing for students and staff to keep each other as safe as possible. 

The testing is voluntary - and it’s very important that as many students and staff as possible are tested to give us regularly updated infection data to help monitor and prevent the spread of the coronavirus on campus.

We are offering two types of testing at two different sites:

If you have coronavirus symptoms

Daily self-administered supervised tests are available at Eldon Building car park as part of the national test and trace system run by the Government’s Department of Health and Social Care. 

This testing involves same-day, timed appointments through the Government’s national booking portal. However, please be aware that availability may be limited at times as the national system deals with increased demand.

Test results will be sent by text or email, usually within 24 hours but sometimes it can take longer. Anyone receiving a positive test will automatically enter the NHS track and trace system and you must also inform your MyPort Hub, Personal Tutor and the University's central COVID team using this student form.

If you have coronavirus symptoms book your test through the national booking portal.

If you don't have coronavirus symptoms

Tests administered by clinical staff on select dates at Milldam Building car park as part of a proactive University screening programme in partnership with Public Health Portsmouth and Portsmouth Hospital University Trust.

There are still some spaces available for 17 September and 18 September. Starting from 22 September, we will expand to testing four days a week and build capacity for up to 310 tests a day for the return of students and staff on campus. New dates will be added on a regular basis on MyPort.

After booking your place, you'll receive a link to an online consent form to complete before your appointment. You will be emailed a copy of your completed form.

When you arrive you will need to wear a face covering, show your consent form email and your Student Card (or show photo ID and Student ID number if you don't have a Student Card).

Students and staff can be retested every two weeks if they wish. 

You will receive a text message from the NHS track and trace system if you tested positive or negative. If you tested positive you will automatically be entered into the national system and you must also inform your MyPort Hub, Personal Tutor and the University's central COVID team using this student form.

If you don't have symptoms, book your test here.

More details and FAQs are available on MyPort  and if you have any questions please contact covidtesting@port.ac.uk

We hope that testing and working closely with our local public health officials will provide reassurance that we are doing all we can to keep a safe environment for everyone, including our local community.

Thank you for volunteering and please encourage others to step forward as well.