If I get a positive result from my rapid test, what do I need to do?

If a student tests positive from the rapid lateral-device test, you’ll be asked by the NHS to undergo a PCR test (the regular NHS Covid-19 test) to verify that you have contracted the virus.

Remember, if you are asked to self-isolate you need to make sure you let us know by completing this online form.  

Students must follow the rules on movement and self-isolation after a positive test:

  • (i) If a student tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) they are required by law to self-isolate for a period of 10 days
  • (ii) If a student has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive but can access testing via the mass testing programme, they should seek a test. If they test negative, they must still self-isolate for 14 days but this can be done at home if they wish to do so, taking into account the risk of transmission to their family. Students should only use public transport if they have no other option. They should strictly follow safer travel guidance for passengers. Where mass testing is not available, students must self-isolate in their current accommodation and not return home.
  • (iii) If a student tests negative and is NOT a close contact of someone who has tested positive, they can travel home by any mode of transport and do not have to undertake any further periods of self-isolation. If, after travel, they subsequently develop symptoms of Covid-19, or are alerted by NHS Test & Trace that they are a close contact of a case, they should immediately self-isolate at their new location and get tested.

Important notice: 

You should let us know as soon as possible if you are having to self-isolate by completing this online form. 

If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until the next working day (Monday-Friday) – call us: 

  • Between 10am and 4pm (Monday - Friday) call the COVID Enquiry Line on 0191 222 5101 

Outside of these hours call Security on 0191 208 6817 (available 24/7)