Asymptomatic testing service expanded


November 24th, 2020

We have expanded the number of campus testing stations for our asymptomatic Covid-19 testing service. This service is now available to all University staff, postgraduate researchers, and hourly paid workers who are regularly teaching, supporting or working directly with students on campus or on placement.

We anticipate that weekly asymptomatic testing will be available for staff until the end of this month and reviewed thereafter based on capacity.

Testing is, of course, voluntary, and it is hoped that by expanding our service we can continue to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff and students, offer further reassurance at this time, and keep our community safe.

Please do be aware that the asymptomatic testing service is, by definition, for staff who do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. If staff have symptoms, they must book an NHS test as soon as possible.

How staff use the testing service
Staff do not need an appointment to obtain and submit their test. They need to visit one of the campus testing stations listed at the locations below – please note the Trent Marquee testing station has now moved to the Portland Building.

University Park Campus 

  • Portland Building, the Welcome Zone on C floor
    Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:00pm
  • East Midlands Conference Centre, Conference room 3
    Monday to Thursday, 9:30 to 4:30pm
  • Coates Building, room A01
    Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:30pm

Jubilee Campus 

  • West Atrium (previously Jubilee Conference Centre)
    Monday to Thursdays, 10am to 4pm

Sutton Bonington

  • Bonington Student Village, room A32
    Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 3:30pm

How to take an asymptomatic test
Staff should visit the staff testing section of the testing service website to find out more, look at the instructions on how to submit saliva samples and log samples online at the testing service website. Samples should be returned to one of the above locations within two days of taking the test.

Antibody testing

All testing stations will also have antibody tests available for you to take. This is a test to find out if you have previously been exposed to Covid-19 by checking for antibodies in your blood. The antibody test is part of a research project being undertaken by scientists at the University of Nottingham to understand how and where the virus has spread so far.

You only need to take an antibody test once and if you are told you do have antibodies it is essential you don’t assume that you’re immune to Covid-19 as not enough is known yet about reinfection, so it’s vital you continue to follow government guidelines on social distancing and hygiene. More details can be found on the antibody pages of the website.

Full details of the support available to students and staff is available on the University’s coronavirus pages

Thank you very much for your support in helping us tackle the spread of COVID-19. Should you or colleagues have any questions about the service, please contact testingservice@nottingham.ac.uk.

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