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LFD test kit

By HWResLife 13 Oct 2021


Have you heard, you can now collect Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kit from Reslife?

No need for online booking or getting in a bus to collect the test kit from nearest pharmacy.

Simply come to the Reslife parcel room, Monday to Sunday, between 6pm – 8pm

LFD test kit is only for asymptomatic COVID testing at home. If you are symptomatic or unwell, please order PCR test kit from NHS, as soon as possible.

And to make things a bit more easier, we have put together the most common queries and their answers below.

Why should I take regular tests?

You can have no symptoms but still spread the virus, and regular testing can help reassure you that you are unlikely to be infectious and are therefore unlikely to pass on COVID to others. Please note, that a negative lateral flow test result is not an absolute guarantee that you do not have COVID.

Even if you have been fully vaccinated, you may still be at risk of falling ill or experiencing long-term effects of COVID. 

Where can I collect tests from?

You can collect the test from Reslife Parcel room, Monday to Friday, 6pm – 8pm. To collect, please bring your student ID (or other type of photographic ID), find your name on the LFD collection spreadsheet, and sign for the box.

How often should I take the test?

This vary depending on your circumstances but the advise it to do twice weekly.

How do I take the test?

These tests are ACON Flowflex nose-only tests and you can download a guide to using them from the UK Government website, or watch this handy video guide on YouTube.

How long does it take for the results to show?

The test results will show after 15 minutes. The test result must be read within 30 mins or the result will be void.

What do I do if my result is negative?

You should always report your results online, regardless of your result. If your lateral flow test is negative, it’s likely that you are not infectious. However, a negative test is not a guarantee and there is still a chance that you may be infectious. Keep following coronavirus advice, including:

  • Regular handwashing
  • Avoiding being too close to people, and avoiding crowded places
  • Wearing a face covering where recommended

What do I do if my result is positive?

You should self-isolate immediately, let Residence Life or Safeguarding team know of your result and order a confirmatory PCR test. Someone from the University will be in touched to provide further advice and support.

What if I don’t want to take a test?

Taking the LFD test is not a mandatory requirement, but we strongly encourage you to do so.

Can I still get tests elsewhere through the government programme?

Yes. LFD test kits can be ordered for delivery or collected from your nearest pharmacy.

Will the University know the result of my test?

No. The test is personal to you. However, if you test positive,  you are asked to order the  a confirmatory PCR test, to self-isolate and tell Reslife or Safeguarding team, as soon as possible.

You should always report your results online.

Should I take the test if I have symptoms?

No. Please self-isolate, get a PCR test, and inform Reslife and Safeguarding as soon as possible.

I’ve had COVID. Should I take the test?

Anyone who has had a positive PCR result in the last 90 days should not take the test. You should wait until 90 days have lapsed.

What happens if my test is void?

This means that the test has not worked properly. Please report the result online and take another test, with a new test kit.  


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