This page provides information about COVID-19 testing the university is providing and who can have one of these tests.
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Arranging a COVID-19 test
Who can have a free COVID-19 test from the University of Buckingham?
Testing is only open to those living or working on campus, or who are commuting to campus due to exceptional circumstances; please do not book a test unless this applies to you.
I don’t have an exceptional reason to be on campus. Can I have a test anyway?
No. Testing is only available to those staff and students who have an exceptional reason to visit the campus.
Do people who come onto campus need to have a test for the COVID-19 infection?
Yes. For the safety of everyone who is on campus, staff and students must be tested and receive a negative result before they can use the campus.
Why do I need to have a test for the COVID-19 infection and get a negative result before I’m allowed on campus?
The safety and wellbeing of staff and students is our first priority. Testing everyone who needs to access the campus, and only allowing those with a negative result to visit, is an important measure in controlling the spread of the virus.
What type of test is being provided by the university?
An LFD test is not the same as a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This means an LFD test result does not meet the requirements of, for example, the government’s Test to Release scheme for international travellers.
The LFD tests being provided by the university are not for people who already have symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you should remain in your accommodation and access the NHS 111 system for advice on what to do next. You can do this online or by dialling 111 from your phone.
Do I have to pay for the test?
No, you do not have to pay for a LFD test provided by the university.
How often will I need to have a test?
You should go straight to the test centre to take your first test as soon as you arrive on campus. You should not meet with others or use any other campus building before you have a confirmed negative test result (typically two hours).
You will then need to take another test three to five days later. We strongly advise you to book your second test while you’re online booking your first test.
Why do I need two tests?
Everyone taking part in the scheme will need to be tested twice. It’s important to take your second test to ensure you’ve received the correct result. This is because an LFD test is not as sensitive as a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Therefore, it cannot detect very low levels of COVID-19 from a single test.
In order to protect the health of everyone on campus, please ensure you book your tests in advance and complete the programme.
I only need to visit the campus occasionally. How often do I need to have a test?
If you’re in any doubt about the current requirement to be tested twice a week, please contact the COVID-19 testing team with details of when you need to access the campus. The team will be able to give you specific advice about when you will need to be tested.
Where is the university’s COVID-19 test centre?
In Buckingham, testing takes place in The Studio on the first floor of the Old Tanlaw Mill on the Hunter Street campus. Signs on-site will direct you to where you need to be but you will not be able to access the test centre unless you have already used the online system to book your test in advance.
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The test centre is open from 9.00am – 11.00am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. You will not be able to access the test centre unless you have already used the online system to book your test in advance.
Please note that the Testing Centre will open twice weekly (Monday & Thursday) with effect from Monday 7 June.
How do I book a test?
You can book a test online and you should do this before setting out for the campus.
Do I have to book a test in advance?
Yes. Please book a test online before you try to visit the campus.
I have an exceptional reason to come to campus but I can get tested elsewhere. Is the result of that test valid for accessing the campus?
No. In order to access the university campus you must be tested at our in-house testing facility.
I’ve already had Coronavirus, do I still need an LFD test to access the campus?
Yes, you will still need to take an LFD test and receive a negative result before you can use the campus.
LFD tests are for people who are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19/displaying symptoms of COVID-19. People who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (and have completed their self-isolation period) are eligible to take a LFD test.
I have symptoms of COVID-19, can I get tested by the university?
The type of testing being offered by the university is not for people who already have symptoms of COVID-19.
I had booked a test but now I cannot attend the appointment. What should I do?
If you cannot make your testing slot please cancel and then rebook a slot using the online booking system. If you’re running late please contact the COVID-19 testing team who may be able to help book a later slot on the same day.
Can an LFD test be used to meet international travel requirements or the government’s Test to Release scheme?
No. An LFD test is not the same as a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
This means an LFD test result is not suitable for the government’s Test to Release scheme or other requirements relating to international travel.
If you need a PCR test for travel purposes, you will need to book one with an approved supplier and cover the cost yourself.
Where can I find out more about COVID-19 and LFD testing?
Please visit the following websites for more information:
Taking an LFD test
What should I bring to the COVID-19 test centre?
You should bring
- A form of student/staff ID; and,
- Your phone, tablet or laptop (if you do not have one of these then a staff member at the site will help you); and,
- A face covering which covers your mouth and nose. You will need to wear it at all times unless a member of the COVID-19 testing team tells you it is safe to remove it.
If possible, please bring your personal alcohol hand rub as you will be required to clean your hands before testing
What should I expect when I visit the testing centre?
You will need to wear your own face covering inside the test centre at all times unless a member of the COVID-19 testing team tells you it is safe to remove it.
You will also need follow social distancing by staying at least 2 metres from other people at the test site, including staff.
When you first arrive, you’ll be asked to register online before you take the test. This is why we ask you to bring your own phone, tablet or laptop. If you need help with the online registration process, please ask a member of the COVID-19 testing team. They’ll help you while maintaining social distancing.
The entire process should take no more than 15 minutes.
What does a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test involve?
The test involves rubbing a swab (similar to a long cotton bud) at the back of your throat and up your nostril. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing a visual positive or negative result dependant on the presence of the virus. The tests have been validated by Public Health England, are safe, and offer reliable results.
A team of trained staff will be on hand to supervise your test, deal with your concerns and answer any questions you have.
Will someone help me take my LFD tests?
LFD tests are self-administered which means you will be rubbing a swab (similar to a long cotton bud) at the back of your own throat and up your nostril.
A team of trained staff will be on hand to provide full verbal instructions and reassurance. They can also provide practical assistance if you need it.
The results of your LFD tests
How will I get my results?
You will receive a message from the NHS Test and Trace app, or by text or email, depending on which details you provided when you registered for your test
Results typically take two hours but could take up to a maximum of 48 hours. In some cases this may take longer, however if you have not received your results after 5 days, please call 119.
What if I test positive?
It’s important that all of our students and staff play their part in controlling the spread of COVID-19. In line with government rules, you will need to return to your accommodation immediately and begin self-isolation.
You should also send an email to the Students First department or your line manager to make them aware of your situation. However, please be aware that Students First is not a medical centre. You should use the NHS 111 system if you need medical advice. You can do this online or by dialling 111 from your phone.
At university level, there is a disciplinary policy in place that will be enforced for those who are found to be acting against government requirements or University protocols. If you see anyone not acting on the guidance and putting themselves and others at risk, please contact the Student Conduct Manager.
On a national level, the Police can issue fines to those breaching self-isolation rules. Fines start at £1,000, in line with the existing penalty for breaking quarantine after international travel. They can increase to £10,000 for repeat offences and the most serious breaches, including for those preventing others from self-isolating.
It is important to look after yourself and we’re here to support you. Please take a look at our Student Support and Wellbeing page for more details.
What if I test negative?
If your test result comes back negative, and if you still have an exceptional reason to visit the campus, you can do this. However, a negative test result does not prevent you from contracting coronavirus.
What if the result is inconclusive?
If your first sample cannot be read or comes back inconclusive, you will need to take the test again as soon as possible. If you receive an unclear result a second time, you will need to book a different type of test. This is because it’s not possible to know if you are infectious or not without a clear result.
Who will see my results?
A copy of your result will be sent to your GP. If you have tested positive, a notification will be sent to Public Health England.
To find out how your data will be used when you register for a coronavirus test, please read the Government’s coronavirus privacy note.
If you have any questions not answered in these FAQs please email the COVID-19 testing team.