Booking is now open for asymptomatic Covid-19 testing (lateral Flow antigen tests).
To book a test please go to:
Singleton Campus: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asymptomatic-testing-tickets-130680911123
You are encouraged to undertake testing before travelling home from Swansea University to avoid transmitting the virus if you are asymptomatic (not displaying symptoms).
You will need to take two tests three days apart, please only book your first test initially, await your result and if it is negative then book the next one.
Do not book a test if you are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms or have received a positive Covid-19 test result and are still in self-isolation following this.
If you have any questions, concerns or access requirements please contact MyUniSupport@swansea.ac.uk for more guidance.
What are Lateral Flow antigen tests?
Lateral Flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that could be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people (those who are infectious, but not aware of this).
Lateral Flow antigen tests detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing a visual positive or negative result dependant on the presence of the virus. The tests have been validated by Public Health England. They are safe and offer reliable results.
Important: The Lateral Flow antigen test is only for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you get symptoms you will need to self-isolate and book a test by calling 01639 862757. There is also a Local Testing Site (LTS) situated in Swansea City Centre’s Grand Theatre and this is open 8am-8p m every day. Appointments must be made via the Welsh Government website https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test.
How and when will I get tested?
Testing sites are located at Taliesin Create on Singleton Park Campus and Room 002 in Y Twyni at the Bay Campus from 2nd December. You must book in advance. Once on site you will be guided through the registration process by the on-site support staff.
If you test negative you will then need to book a second test before you can travel home.
Once on site, you will complete the new lateral flow test, please find more information on the process here.
How long will it take to get my results?
You should receive your results from Track and Trace within 24 hours. Please note the University do not hold this data so will be unable to confirm results.
How accurate is the test?
Lateral flow tests are very accurate (highly specific), which means that only a very small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive). However, in mass testing, because so many people without symptoms are being tested there is still the possibility of getting a false positive or a false negative result. Therefore, a confirmatory PCR test is recommended to make sure the result is correct if you have a positive LFT.
Although they give a result much more quickly, the lateral flow tests are not as sensitive as the PCR tests. This mitigated by testing people regularly, because the more times someone with the disease is tested, the more likely they are to be picked up by the test. Therefore you are encouraged to take two tests three days apart, please only book your first test initially, if you have a negative result you can then book the next one.
Please note the University cannot accept liability for a false negative or if someone contracts the virus after testing. You must continue to follow Government guidelines and social distancing even if you receive a negative result.
For a full list of FAQs please see our dedicated web pages.
Student Partnership and Engagement Manager Monday November 30th, 2020
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