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Book a free Covid-19 test on campus

All staff, postgraduate and doctoral researchers and students on campus should be testing twice a week to stop the spread and keep our community safe.

Our rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests produce quick results and can be used to identify Covid-19 infection in those without symptoms (asymptomatic). Regular testing will improve our ability to track and contain the virus and, together with the many other measures we have put in place, will help to protect the safety of all those on campus.

You can be reassured that our testing centre has been set up in line with strict government guidance, we've made sure the process is quick, easy and  safe - everything is socially distanced and our trained staff will wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

The whole process should take around ten minutes and you’ll be guided on how to administer the test yourself. You will receive a text or email from the NHS Test and Trace system with your result very quickly - usually within a couple of hours.

You can book your test from 8.30-11am on Tuesdays and Fridays, you'll need to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and follow the guidance of the onsite team. You will need to book in regular tests every three to five days if you continue to be on campus.

The ATS is currently located in the Old Council Chamber in the Wilfred Brown building.

You should book a test at our asymptomatic testing centre, if you:

  • are a student, postgraduate and doctoral researcher or member of staff at Brunel and you are working, studying, visiting or living on campus even if just for one day. 
  • do not have symptoms of Covid-19.
  • have had one of the Covid-19 vaccinations as you could still spread the virus.

You should NOT book a test at this centre, if you: 

  • are not working or studying at Brunel - book a test at the London Borough of Hillingdon testing site.
  • are working or studying at Brunel from home and not coming to campus.
  • have symptoms of Covid-19 or have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last three months. 
  • have recently arrived in the UK from overseas, you cannot use this test as part of the Test to Release scheme to end your isolation early
  • need a PCR test to travel overseas - more information is below.

If you test positive you must let us know so that we can give you the support you need - stay inside and report symptoms online using the Covid reporting task on eVision. Should you have problems filling out the form or you need advice, please email 2021support@brunel.ac.uk or call (0)1895 267045. You can call Monday to Thursday between 9am and 4.30pm, and between 10am and 4.30pm on Fridays. Some frequently asked questions are answered below. 

Getting tested

Do I have to get tested if I have had the Covid-19 vaccination?

Yes, you should still book in a test even if you have had one of the Covid-19 vaccinations as you may be able to spread the virus to other people.

Do I have to get tested twice a week if I'm on campus?

Government has confirmed that we should now offer testing twice a week to staff and students on campus until further notice. 

We all have a duty of care to protect each other, so if you are on campus we are asking you to play your part and get tested regularly. On-going testing will enable us to spot outbreaks quickly and ensure everyone can live, work and study together safely and help us all return to normal as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Students who do not take the tests before returning to live on campus will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days. If you self-isolate on campus, please let us know so that we can support you.

Is the testing site safe?

Yes, the site is being managed by Brunel in line with the strict guidelines set by DHSC and Public Health England. Tests are conducted in an entirely socially-distanced way and with strict infection control measures in place. Anybody visiting for a test will need to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and follow the guidance of the onsite team.

How do I book the tests?

You can book your test here, for an appointment on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8.30am-11am.

The ATS is based in the Old Council Chamber in the Wilfred Brown building.

How do I cancel my test?

You can cancel the test via a link in the email you received when you booked which confirms the original test appointment. 

What is a lateral flow antigen test?

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). This would better enable the Government/NHS Test and Trace to identify asymptomatic cases who are at a high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chain of transmission. The technology has already been validated – clinical testing phases are all complete and the Government has been rolling out different field tests and pilots to identify how to best use this new technology at scale. 

This is for people without any Covid-19 symptoms - what should I do if I'm symptomatic?

The asymptomatic tests are lateral flow antigen tests, which are different to the PCR tests offered by the NHS to anybody with symptoms of Covid-19. If you have symptoms you should contact NHS 111 for advice and book a PCR test through the usual channels. This should enable you to book into the symptomatic testing unit on Topping Lane.

I've recently tested positive for Covid-19 - should I take the asymptomatic test?

If you have already had a positive test for Covid-19 within the last 90 days then you should not take the test as you may still have the antibodies that would give a false positive result.

How accurate is the test?

The UK government advises that lateral flow tests are very accurate, which means that only a very small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive). However, in mass testing, because so many people without symptoms are being tested there is still the possibility of getting a false positive result. Therefore, if you get a positive test with the lateral flow antigen test, you will need to have a confirmatory PCR test to make sure the result is correct.

How is the test taken and how often should I take it?

You will receive guidance on 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 quickly and safely on-site, and the results are available in 20 to 30 minutes.

You will need to get tested every three to five days if you live on campus, or are regularly coming to work or study here. If you get a postive result, you will need to isolate for 10 days in the normal way, as long as you continue to show no symptoms. If there is a subsequent onset of symptoms you will need to self-isolate from that point. Students living on campus will be supported by the University in self-isolation as outlined here on BruNet

I don't work or study at Brunel, can I use this testing centre?

No, you can only book a test at this centre if you work or study at Brunel. Members of the public can book a test at the London Borough of Hillingdon testing site using this booking link. The site is in the Civic Centre on Uxbridge High Street, on arrival at the Civic Centre, head towards the Middlesex Suite following the one-way system, which will be signposted.

Is the testing just for students living on campus, or commuter students too?

All students attending face-to-face learning or mixing with other students or staff on campus should be regularly testing every three to five days.

Although we have done everything possible to make the campus as safe as possible, mass testing is one of the best ways we have of protecting our community and ensuring the campus can continue to be used.

I'm a commuter student and will therefore need to travel before being tested - what should I do?

As a general rule, commuter students should aim to book a test on the same day as their return to campus where possible, and follow local restriction tier guidance on social contact and safe travel. If the first lateral flow test is negative, you should limit your social contact and interactions with other students until you receive a second negative test.

The alternative is to use your local community testing programme where possible before commuting for the first time. In this case you should also follow local restriction tier guidance on social contact.

Can I book my family in to be tested?

Unfortunately, family members cannot be tested at the centre. The legal agreement we have in place between Brunel and the Department for Health and Social Care does not permit us to test beyond the immediate student and staff population.

Can I collect home test kits from campus?

If you prefer to test at home, you can collect lateral flow device test kits from the ATS and Eastern Gateway reception, Sports Centre reception, Distribution Centre, Brunel Pathway College, Residences reception Concourse Hall, Security office, Pharmacy and Heinz Wolff, Psychology TPO.

I’m only coming to campus once or twice this term to work or study, what do I do?

You should aim to book a test on the same day as your return to campus where possible, and follow local restriction tier guidance on social contact and safe travel.

Alternatively, you could use your local community testing programme where possible before arriving on campus. In this case, you should also follow local restriction tier guidance on social contact.

Results

How will I get the result?

You will be required to register with the NHS Test and Trace system when you are tested so you can receive your results by text or email, usually very quickly and at least within a couple of hours.

What happens if I test positive for Covid-19?

When you book a test, you will also be asked to register with NHS Test and Trace at the time of your test and should receive a text/email with your result within a couple of hours.

If you test positive, you should self-isolate for 10 days to help break the chain of transmission and if you are a:

  • student or doctoral researcher, you should also inform the University and complete our reporting task on eVision and we will support you through your self-isolation.
  • member of staff, you should return home to self-isolate for 10 days, tell your Line Manager by phone or email and complete our Track and Trace form.

Getting a PCR test has has been temporarily suspended at university sites for the time being. However, you do still need to tell us if you have a postive result so that we can support you.

I'm already in self-isolation, can I take the test?

No, you must continue to self-isolate. If you develop symptoms, you need to complete the Covid reporting task on eVision so we can support you.

Travel

If I'm not already on campus, can I travel in to take a test?

You should aim to book a test on the same day as your return to campus where possible, and follow local restriction tier guidance on social contact and safe travel.

Alternatively, you could use your local community testing programme where possible before arriving on campus. In this case, you should also follow local restriction tier guidance on social contact.

Can I use this test to travel abroad?

No, the test offered by Brunel is a lateral flow antigen test and it's not always accepted by countries requiring a confirmatory negative test (this is usually a PCR test). 

Please check with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and follow appropriate travel advice for your destination. If you need to organise a private PCR test before travelling you may need to pay – unfortunately this is not supplied by the university.

 

I'm returning to campus, what should I do?

If you are planning to return to campus from the UK, you should take a test when you arrive. If it’s positive, you should to self-isolate for 10 days, please let us know as above so that we can support you.

If you are planning to return to campus from overseas, immigration rules have changed. You will need to complete a form before you leave, with details of your address in the UK. Once you have arrived, you will not be allowed to leave the place where you are staying in the UK except in an emergency as explained here. Again, please let us know if you are self-isolating by completing our reporting task on eVision, so that we can support you.

After five days, you can book a private PCR test as part of the Test to Release scheme, if this is negative you can end your self-isolation period. A list of private PCR test providers is here - you cannot book into our asymptomatic testing centre on campus.