Book a COVID-19 test – For those identified as a close contact

Here you can find out what you should do if you are a close contact of somebody who has tested positive for Covid-19 and how to book a test if you need one.

If you are fully vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, below the age of 18 or taking part in a vaccine trial you are no longer required to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case. Instead, you are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to detect the virus and variants of concern and you must also take extra precautions such as wearing face coverings and limiting contact with others.  

Book a test at our campus test centre now

*Please note PCR tests for those with symptoms or for double vaccinated close contacts of people who have Covid-19 can also be booked at local test centres via the government website. These centres can be accessed at the weekend when our campus test centre is closed*

You are not required to self isolate while waiting for the result of this test although you are advised to limit contact with others as much as possible.

If you have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days you should not have another PCR test.  You do not need to self isolate if you are a close contact. 

If you are not fully vaccinated

You must self isolate for 10 days from the date of your last contact with the person who has tested positive.  If you live in the same household as someone who has tested positive you must self isolate from the date they first developed symptoms.  If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 during your self isolation you must book a PCR test. If you test positive, your 10-day isolation period will start again from the day you first developed symptoms.

Please note: fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved Covid-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine. If you have not received the recommended doses of the vaccine or been vaccinated in a country outside of the UK, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date you were last in contact with the person who has Covid-19. More information can be found on the NHS webpages.

Booking a test

Our PCR test centre is located in a portacabin stationed opposite the Sports Centre and 502 Teaching Hub on central campus (see grid E6 on the campus map (PDF).

To access a test you will need to book online.

The test centre is open Monday – Friday and you will be able to see available booking slots online.

The tests will be conducted using self-swabbing supported by Covid Advisory Service staff who will provide information and guidance on site.

You will need your staff or student ID number handy in the booking process (you can find this on your staff or student card).

If you have difficulties booking a test online because of a disability, you can book a test by calling 0151 795 1000.

Receiving your test results

Test results are usually received within 24 hours.

It is important to note that your test results can only be sent to a UK mobile phone number. If you do not have one and would like to get tested please contact our Covid Advisory Service by calling 0151 795 9500. A member of our team will complete the booking form on your behalf and will confirm your results to you via email within two days of the test.

We are not able to offer testing to members of the general public or anybody who is not part of our university community.

If you are a student, it is important that you register with a GP in Liverpool. You can choose to register with any local GP near to your term-time address or you can register with our local practice here.

If you are an international student please read the information on our webpages carefully

Further help and advice

If you have any other queries about the on-campus COVID-19 test centre or are struggling to book a test for any other reason please contact or call the COVID Advisory Service Monday - Friday 10am - 4:30pm on 0151 795 9500.

Flowchart to explain what to do if you are identified as a close contact


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