An asymptomatic testing site (ATS) of lateral flow tests is launching at the University of Salford as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase the availability of mass testing.
The University of Salford is working with NHS Test & Trace to set up an on-campus ATS so that students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get tested and asked to self–isolate if they are, or reassured quickly if they are not. This is particularly important for those that are intending to travel home, or to another location for the Christmas vacation period.
From Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December testing will be available for all students, although the University are particularly encouraging those intending to travel home, or to another residence, to get tested. Testing will be held in the University’s sports centre, on the Peel Park campus. Students can book a free test through their University Advantage account in just a couple of clicks.
Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. Processing of these tests can be conducted at a dedicated testing site by trained personnel and can rapidly turn around results within an hour.
Use of lateral flow tests could significantly improve the detection of positive cases, so people can isolate themselves and prevent the spread of the disease. Asymptomatic testing will help to protect those at high risk by identifying those who are positive for the virus but have no symptoms.
Before travelling home, or to a non-term–time address, students are advised to book travel in advance, avoid busy times and routes and check their journey in advance to avoid disruptions. If driving, only travel with members of your household or support bubble and follow
If a student tests positive for the virus, they will be required to isolate in their term time accommodation. They should also have a PCR test (the test being used in national testing centres) to confirm the positive result. There is a PCR testing facility in a separate building, also on campus, where students can have this done by booking via the Government website. Those that test positive are asked to fill in an online form to notify the University and from there a dedicated in-house team will check on their wellbeing. Advice and support available to students can be found at https://www.
Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, Dr Sam Grogan said:
“We are pleased to be able to offer free, mass testing to all our students from Monday 30 November.
“I would encourage all students, particularly those intending to travel, to come and get a test so that the chances of them increasing the spread of the virus, and potentially infecting their family and friends, is reduced.
“Where students have to isolate as a result of a positive test, they will still have time to do so and, once out of isolation, travel to see loved ones ahead of Christmas.”