When should I take the tests and what do they mean?
You have been provided with two Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests.
For those returning to Oxford: you will be expected to take the first test on the day you arrive back and the second test three days later.
For those who have been in residence over the vacation: you will be expected to take the first test on Wednesday of 0th Week (21 April) and the second test on Saturday of 0th week (24 April).
You should take both tests before your in-person teaching is due to start; if you are returning to Oxford, please take this into account in your travel plans. You should also limit your social contact and interaction with others until you receive the results of the two tests.
Full online training is available to support you taking the tests. You can contact one of the team for support if you struggle using firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you have already completed the training previously, we encourage you to review the materials again to refresh your knowledge.
It is vital that you continue to follow the behaviours outlined in the University’s health advice and Student Responsibility Agreement
If you test positive – please see below in 'After Taking the Tests'.
How long do Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests take to do?
The tests are very quick to complete, and will provide a result within 20-30 minutes. Full online training can be found here.
How do the tests work, and do they cause any discomfort?
The tests detect viral proteins made by replicating virus. It involves using a plastic kit to swab your nose and throat. This can be slightly uncomfortable but this shouldn’t deter you from getting tested.
I have a disability which means I am unable to take the tests in the way they have been offered to me. What should I do?
Please speak to us.
You can contact one of the team by email using email@example.com or if you feel more comfortable, you can also speak to the Academic Office.
I have recently received a negative test result. Do I still need to take these tests?
Yes, you should still take all tests provided to you on your return as you may have unknowingly picked up the virus after your negative result.
I am in precautionary self-isolation, can I still take the tests?
Yes. If you are already self-isolating, or go into self-isolation because a household member or recent close contact has tested positive in a PCR test (via the Early Alert Service or through the NHS), you can still take your Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Tests for your own peace of mind.
How can I be sure that the tests are accurate?
These tests have been extensively validated both here in Oxford and in Public Health England laboratories. Those who test positive will have their results confirmed through the University Testing Service.
Does taking part in the return to College testing programme and testing negative mean I don’t need to take any precautions?
Negative tests mean that the chance of you being infectious is very low, but not zero. Remember you could also catch the virus just before your second test or in the days afterwards. You must continue to respect social distancing, use your face covering and wash hands regularly.
I have returned to Oxford, but now have developed symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough, high temperature or loss/change of sense of taste/smell). What should I do?
You should immediately self-isolate, book a test through the University’s Early Alert Service and notify the College via the lodge.
Who do I contact if I have any questions relating to the testing?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org