Who are the tests for?

These Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) are for all students and staff who do not currently have symptoms of Coronavirus and have not received a positive test for Covid-19 within 90 days.

If you do have symptoms, as a student you must follow our Isolate, Test, Tell guidance, if you are staff you must do the same and let us know.

The LFT tests are not suitable for students and staff returning to the UK from abroad and needing to quarantine. For more information on this please go to the International travel pages. Once you have completed the quarantine process you will then be able to get regular testing through the LFT program.

Why is the University offering rapid Lateral Flow Tests?

The University wants to offer students and staff the chance to take a test and get a rapid ‘snapshot’ of whether they currently have Covid-19.

The tests form part of a Government programme to help keep you, our campus and wider communities safer by reducing the potential of the virus spreading.

It’s important to be clear that the test tells you whether you have Covid-19 at the moment you take it. It does not tell you whether you’ve previously had Covid-19. If you get a negative result, it does not mean you will remain Covid-negative for any specified length of time. This is why taking repeat tests is so important to better protect yourself and the community.

Therefore, it remains vitally important that everyone continues to observe Covid-19 guidance, including socially distancing, wearing face coverings when required and regularly washing your hands.

Are the tests free?

Yes, the tests are free of charge.

Are the tests mandatory?

The tests are not mandatory.

When are the tests available?

The tests are available every weekday.

When should I take my tests if I am returning to Bath?

Take your first test on campus as soon as possible after your arrival and before accessing University facilities (e.g. the Library). You should limit contact with others until you receive a negative test result, then continue to take two tests each week, three days apart.

What if I choose not to take a test when I return to Bath?

If you choose not to take a test, you should self-isolate for 10 days.

How do I book?

You can book your tests by using this online form.

You should aim to book two tests a week, three days apart.

If you are a student who has been away over the winter break, the first one should be as soon as possible after your arrival.

If you are a student who has remained on campus or in the city, or if you are a member of staff, you are welcome to book your tests in coordination with your return to campus.

What happens if I need to change or cancel my booked test?

Towards the bottom of your confirmatory email, you will find a link highlighted in blue – change your appointment - that enables you to amend or cancel your booking.

Should I take a Lateral Flow Test if I have previously tested positive for Covid-19?

If you have tested positive in the last three months then we would advise against participating in the LFT testing regime as there is a risk that you may return a false positive result. However, if you do wish to participate then you may do so. Please be aware, though, that if you take up this offer and then test positive you and your household will be legally obliged to self-isolate in accordance with the published government guideline.

Where will the tests take place?

You can take your test at The Edge building on campus or the Dartmouth Avenue building in Oldfield Park, which offers extra capacity with plenty of slots available.

If it’s more convenient, you can also use the B&NES facility at Apex Hotel in the city centre. Appointments are available in five minute slots and can be booked up to two weeks in advance on the B&NES website. When booking, simply select ‘other’ in the occupation category.

When attending, you must follow Covid-19 rules at all times including social distancing and wearing face masks where required.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your library card/staff ID, a face covering (unless you are exempt) and a wifi-enabled electronic device to register your test with the NHS Test and Trace website. You may also wish to bring a bottle of water for after the test.

How to register with the NHS Test and Trace Website?

When you arrive at the testing site you will be given a QR code link to the site you will need to register with on your electronic device. When you register with the site you will be given the option to register an account, we would encourage you to do this as it will save time when taking subsequent tests.

What is the test like?

The test involves self-administering a nose and throat swab. The sample is processed on-site by trained operatives.

Who will administer the tests?

You will need to self-administer the swab following simple step by step instructions. Advisors will be on hand if you need assistance. Once you have completed the swab, you will pass this to a trained operator who will then complete the test process.

How will I find out my results?

You will receive an e-mail and/or a text message with your test results from NHS Test and Trace. Only you will receive the results from NHS Test and Trace. The University will not receive them.

What happens if I test positive?

If you receive a positive LFD result after 30th March 2021, you will need to take a confirmatory PCR test. Wherever possible, this needs to be on the same day as you are notified of your positive result, but at least within two days of that result.

Information on your options for accessing a confirmatory PCR will be provided by NHS Test and Trace when they notify you of your positive Lateral Flow result. You’re advised to visit a test site rather than requesting a home test if possible, as the process is faster.

You and everyone in your household must self-isolate immediately for 10 days. This includes the day of the test and the next 10 full days. You can leave your home for the PCR test.

If the PCR test is positive, you and everyone in your household will need to continue self-isolating for 10 full days from the time of the positive LFD test. However, if the PCR test is negative, and has been taken within 2 days of the positive LFD result, you and everyone in your household can stop self-isolating. If you or any member of your household develops symptoms then you will need to isolate for 10 day from the onset of those symptoms.

If you are a student you will need to let us know so we can offer you support, especially if you need to self-isolate in University-managed accommodation. If you are a member of staff please let us know.

How long will it take to find out my results?

You should receive your test results within one hour, and usually much sooner.

Watch: The national coronavirus testing programme at the University of Bath

Freya Jackson tells us about the national student Covid testing programme at the University, including where to get a test, the testing process and how to book.