Get a test every three days
If you are regularly working or studying on campus in Liverpool, including in our Halls of Residence, you are now required to take regular quick-results lateral flow tests. Any student or staff member who is on campus for three or more days in any week (Monday to Sunday) will need to access two ‘no symptoms’ lateral flow tests (approximately every three days). For those who attend campus for one or two days in any week (Monday to Sunday) they must access at least one ‘no symptoms’ lateral flow tests every seven days, aiming for two where circumstances allow.
The only exception to the regular asymptomatic testing requirements for those on campus are students who have received a positive PCR ('with symptoms') test result within the last 90 days (which has been recorded on the NHS system).
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you must self-isolate and book a PCR test whether or not you have had a previous positive PCR test.
If you have had a positive PCR test result more than 90 days ago, you need to start taking regular asymptomatic tests again.
Get a test before returning
You should only return to campus when you have face-to-face teaching scheduled or in limited other circumstances as set out in government guidance.
Before returning if asymptomatic testing is available where you live, you should take a test before you travel back to Liverpool or back to campus.
International students who are returning back to campus may require access to different tests. Visit our international guidance page for further information.
Booking a test
A walk-in facility is available each day but to help us to manage demand we ask that, where possible, you book an appointment slot.
The test centre is open:
- 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday
- 10am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday
Please note: last admittance is 10 minutes before closing.
The tests will be conducted using self-swabbing supported by Student Health 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.
If you are unable to make it the on-campus testing centre, you can also access Liverpool City Region's SMART testing facilities which are prioritising key workers and students returning to University.
How to find the test centre
The University’s main test centre for staff and students without symptoms is located on campus at the University Sports Centre, Bedford Street see grid D5 on the campus map (PDF).
Two further testing centres are located at:
- Greenbank Halls of Residence (based in Greenbank House) with bookable appointments Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
- Leahurst Campus drop-in service open Monday – Friday 8am – 1pm, and Saturday/Sunday 9am – 1pm.
Receiving your results
Test results are processed on-site and you should receive your result within an hour.
Results automatically feed through to your GP and the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP).
If you receive a positive result after taking a Lateral Flow test (a quick result test for those with no symptoms) you should self-isolate immediately for 10 days and follow these self-reporting steps. Once your result is passed onto the University Contact Tracing team, they will begin contact tracing and ask you to book a PCR test as soon as possible.
The Department for Health and Social Care has now advised that confirmatory PCR tests are no longer required for people who are positive with lateral flow tests (now established as a reliable test of infectiousness). However, in line with the latest developments to the Liverpool City Region testing programme, we are asking all staff and students who receive a positive Lateral Flow test to continue to take a follow up PCR test to enable us to support identification of virus variants.
Please remember that, even if you are accessing asymptomatic testing every three days, you still need to follow the basic guidelines to help keep each other and your wider community safe.
A negative test does not mean you can socialise outside of your household bubble.
It is vitally important that, regardless of your testing results, to continue to adhere to the ‘Hands - Face – Space’ public health guidance, as well as keeping rooms ventilated where appropriate.
Further help and advice
If you have any other queries about the on-campus COVID-19 test centres or are struggling to book a test for any other reason please contact email@example.com, or call the COVID Guidance and Travel Plans Helpline on 0151 795 9500.
The additional testing service on campus represents a significant investment from the University to help our students and staff keep themselves, their families and friends safe. We are not able to offer testing to members of the general public or anybody who is not part of our university community.
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