Do I need to have a rapid test if I have already tested positive for Covid-19 in the past?

All students in term-time accommodation are strongly encouraged to take two LFD tests per week. You can book your tests here.  

If you are returning to campus, you should take three rapid LFD tests at our on-campus testing centre (3- 4 days apart) in the days following your return.

Please note, if you have had a positive coronavirus test in the last 90 days through NHS Test and Trace and been recorded as a positive case on the national system, you do not need to be tested again within that period if you are asymptomatic. This is because you are likely to have developed some immunity. You are still required to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case, even if this is within the 90-day window. 

The more people that get tested, the better we can mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 and everyone’s university experience can improve. 

While you wait for your test result (typically one hour), you should not interact with anyone outside of your household to avoid transmitting coronavirus.

  • if your lateral flow test is negative, you should continue to get tested regularly and follow any national restrictions
  • If you test positive, you should return to your accommodation immediately and self-isolate for ten days.  You should walk, cycle or drive where possible to return home and should not use public transport or a taxi or private hire vehicle. You will also need to notify the University that you are self-isolating through this form.
  • Following a positive LFD test result, you should take a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible.

If you take a PCR test within 2 days of the LFD test and receive a negative result, you and your household can stop self-isolating. However, self-isolation must continue if:

  • the PCR test result is positive
  • no follow-up PCR test is taken
  • the PCR test result is negative but the test was taken more than 2 days after the LFD test

If you do not get tested when requested, you should self-isolate for 10 days. 

These tests are for asymptomatic individuals only. If you have symptoms or know that you currently have Covid-19, you must seek a test through local testing sites.   

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Last updated: 16.04.2021