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Testing, tracking and self-isolating

Page last updated: 19 November 2020

Your safety and the safety of our staff and community is paramount. That's why it's really important that if you suspect that you may have symptoms of Coronavirus that you know what to do, not only to protect yourself but to protect those around you.

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Booking a Lateral Flow Test

Lateral Flow Tests have been introduced specifically to support students wishing to travel at the end of term. Tests will be available from Monday 30 November until Wednesday 9 December with two testing sites available on our City Campus and one at Clifton and Brackenhurst.

Tests will be available to book online from this web page later this month.

Asymptomatic testing on campus

As part of Nottingham Trent University’s approach to tackling COVID-19, we’re working with the University of Nottingham (UoN) to carry out asymptomatic testing for students who may have been in contact with the virus but have no symptoms. This allows us to identify students who unknowingly have the virus so they can self-isolate and prevent inadvertently spreading it to fellow students, family, friends and others.

There are instructions in this handy guide which will take you through the process, step by step. Plus there are FAQs below for any general questions you might have.

This scheme will be paused whilst the Lateral Flow Tests are on offer.

Asymptomatic testing FAQs

  • What does asymptomatic mean?

    Asymptomatic refers to a person who has the virus but isn’t displaying any symptoms.

  • How do I take the test?

    The test requires a salvia sample, which is quick and easy to do. Full instructions will be provided in the invitation email and when you collect your testing kit, but it is important that you carry out the test before you’ve eaten or brushed your teeth. You may need to take more than one test as part of the programme.

    Our guide on asymptomatic testing provides more information on the service.

  • Do I have to take a test?

    Participation in the Testing Service is voluntary, but we hope that everyone invited to take part chooses to do so.

  • When will I get my results?

    The University aims to process tests within 24-48 hours, dependent on demand for the Service and weekends.

  • What happens if I test positive?

    If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, the Clinical Team will contact you via the phone number you provide and send out a follow up email. This email will provide information and advice on what to do next.

    If you test positive, you will be advised to:

    1. Isolate immediately as a positive test from the University Service is equivalent to being symptomatic and you should act accordingly.
    2. Notify the University via the NTU Coronavirus Tracking Form*.
    3. The Clinical Team will either advise you on how to get the Government test or deliver it to you and collect the test approximately 1 hour later.
    4. Please follow the instructions on the leaflet enclosed with the test kit carefully, if you have any questions regards to this test kit please call 119.
    5. If your Government COVID-19 test result  is negative, this will supersede any previous tests from the University and you will no longer have to self-isolate.

    *By completing the NTU Coronavirus Tracking Form we will be able to offer you health and wellbeing support, as well as enabling you to continue with your studies, if you are well enough to do so. We also offer a 14 day basic food provision for students living in NTU or UPP halls of residence.

  • What happens if I test negative?

    If you test negative, you will receive an email notifying you of this result and you may carry on in line with government guidelines. However, if a housemate tests positive, you will need to self-isolate.

    If you experience any symptoms in the future, you should follow government guidance, including any requirement to self-isolate.

  • Someone in my household has tested positive but I haven’t been invited for a test, what do I do?

    Testing is targeted according to the number of confirmed cases in accommodation, so you will not automatically receive an invite. If you live with someone who has tested positive you are required to self-isolate in line with government guidelines. If you begin to feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms you should seek an official government test

  • Why am I being asked for my permission to use my sample for research?

    If you give permission for your sample to be used for research, it can be stored and used by researchers at the University of Nottingham for a variety of different projects. You will be contacted by researchers to get your consent for each specific project and you can withdraw consent at any time.  

    NTU and the University of Nottingham are particularly interested in getting participants for a new research project linked to the establishment of the testing service. The Track COVID study is funded by the Medical Research Council and aims to understand more about how the virus spreads on campus and the link with behavioural factors such as social distancing, getting tested for COVID-19 and having to self-isolate. By taking part in this research you will be able to help them, as well as researchers across the UK, understand these challenges better and what we need to do differently to support you and the wider community in keeping well and safe.

Have symptoms? Get tested for COVID-19

To stop the spread of COVID-19, it is important that you know what to do if you develop the symptoms of Coronavirus. The symptoms are:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

If you have any of these, even if very mildly, do not come to campus. Instead, you should immediately self-isolate at your term-time address and arrange to have a COVID-19 test. If you are struggling to manage your symptoms, you can contact NHS COVID-19 service or call NHS 111.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus and need to book a test please visit the gov.uk website, or call 119 – do not call NHS 111 and do not go to Accident and Emergency (A&E).

Public Health England have a local testing site situated at Clifton Campus. The facilities are accessible to staff, students and members of the local community experiencing symptoms of coronavirus. The sites takes walk-through bookings made via the NHS testing website.

It has not been possible to secure a site at our City or Brackenhurst campuses, so students based at these locations should continue to use the NHS testing website to find your nearest testing centre.

To help prevent the possible spread of the virus, please avoid using public transport when attending a testing centre. If you do not have access to transport, you can request a home-testing kit.

Consider alerting people who you have had close contact with in the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.

A positive test

If your test results are positive, do not come to campus. The government guidance advises that you should stay at your current accommodation and self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. If you do not have symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, stay at home for 10 days from the day the test was taken.

You will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Service which helps to identify the people you have been in close contact with. It is a good idea to keep a diary of the people you have been in close contact with each day. This will help if you are asked to share this information.

A negative test

If you had a negative test, you can stop isolating, so long as:

Anyone in your household who is isolating because of your symptoms can also stop isolating.

NTU Coronavirus tracking form
A short video explaining what to do if you have to self-isolate and how to use the NTU Coronavirus tracking form

NTU Coronavirus tracking form

You should complete the NTU Coronavirus tracking form* if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • You have a positive COVID-19 test
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms and are self-isolating whilst awaiting your test result
  • You are self-isolating because a member of the same household or someone you have been in close contact with, has a positive COVID-19 test or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result
  • NHS Test and Trace have contacted you to self-isolate
  • You are required to self-isolate due to arriving in the UK from a non-travel corridor country

Complete the NTU Coronavirus tracking form

The information you provide will be used:

  • To support Local Health Authorities with Track and Trace – this may involve sharing your contact details
  • As evidence for non-attendance due to self-isolation
  • To enable Student Services and your School to support you through your self-isolation
  • To support students in NTU and UPP halls with a 14 day basic food provision
  • As evidence to support an NEC submission (Notification of Exceptional Circumstance) should you become unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, that impact on an assessment

*Please note: in order to complete the form, you will be asked for your NTU login details.

New legal requirements mean that you could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a positive test for COVID-19 or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate and fail to do so.

Living with someone with symptoms or a positive test result

If a member of your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, then you are required to stay at home for 14 days. You should start your 14-day isolation period from when the first person in your household developed symptoms. If you live with someone who has tested positive but doesn't show any symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolated from the time their test was taken.

NHS COVID-19 app – what it means for us and how we play our part

Every person who downloads the NHS COVID-19 app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus. It enables the NHS to understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not individuals; it works by using QR codes, which we all must scan when we enter communal spaces on campus, like print shops and cafes.

You will see QR codes displayed in all our buildings and individual venues on our campuses. These are part of the NHS Test and Trace system. If you enter a campus building or venue, you should scan the QR code and that data will be held by the NHS. If someone tests positive to COVID-19 and has been to one of these venues recently, you will be alerted. The venue won’t be named. If the NHS ask you to self-isolate, you must follow the instructions or you could face a fine.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app from the App Store or Google Play.

  • How will the University support me if I need to self-isolate?

    There's plenty of support available to help you manage your health and wellbeing during isolation, which includes accessing help from our student support advisers. You can follow Student Support Services on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, which will keep you updated with the latest news and support advice.

    There's also guidance on our Learning and Teaching page about continuing with your studies during isolation, plus guidance on accessing the library remotely.

    We will also be running a range of virtual events that you can join in with whilst you are self-isolating.

  • What do I do if someone in my household tests positive for COVID-19?

    If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 you should immediately self-isolate, and follow government guidance.

    You should also follow the steps outlined below in relation to self-isolating in shared households to help reduce the risk of spreading.

  • What if one of my ‘close contacts’ test positive for COVID-19?

    Usually, only people who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 are considered at risk of becoming infected. Close contact includes people you live with, have had physical contact with or have been close to. It also includes people you have shared a car with and those you have been within 1-2 metres of for more than 15 minutes.

    If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to follow the latest government guidance, including any requirement to self-isolate.

  • What happens if I can’t be there at the start of Term One?

    If you are a UK student living in a region with a local lockdown, then please follow Government guidelines about travelling from your area.

    If you are an international students and are unable to be on campus for the start of term please visit our dedicated international students page, which provides details about travel, self-isolation, visas and who you should contact if you need to notify us of your delayed arrival.

    Visit our learning and teaching page for more details about continuing with your studies if you can't be on campus.

Extra supplies

It’s worth having an extra supplies of non-perishable goods which could help you if you have to self-isolate. Packing some extra tinned and dried foods, paracetamol and personal items like soap, deodorant etc., may make life easier for you if you do have to stay in your accommodation.

Self-isolating in a shared household

Many students will be living in a shared household which means there are some extra things to be mindful of when self-isolating. These are necessary to prevent the spread of the infection among housemates. You should:

  • Keep at least two metres away from other people in the house, particularly if you live with anyone who is older or who has a long-term health condition
  • Keep shared areas well ventilated
  • Ask others to help you, like bringing food and medicine, but avoid direct contact with them (anything you're brought should be left outside your door)
  • If you need to cook, you should only use the kitchen when no one else is there (you could organise a set time with your housemates to use the kitchen). Clean the kitchen after each use; wipe all surfaces you have touched using strong household disinfectant
  • Use a dishwasher. If this is not possible, wash and dry each person’s things separately and use a different sponge and tea towel for each person
  • If washing machines are not available in flats, students should wait a further 72 hours after self-isolation has ended before using a communal laundry
  • Eat your meals in your room
  • Clean shared toilets and bathrooms after each use; wipe all surfaces you have touched using strong household disinfectant. Use a separate towel to your other housemates to dry your hands
  • Clean surfaces that you often touch several times a day, such as door handles using a household cleaner
  • Sleep alone
  • Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, using soap and warm water

For more advice please visit the the gov.uk website which has numerous guides for managing self-isolation in shared accommodation, which may depend on your own circumstances. They offer the following easy-read guide: Stay at home: what to do if you or someone you share your home with has coronavirus symptoms which will be applicable to most students living in houses of multiple occupancy or halls.

Keeping safe

To learn more about the support available to all NTU students please visit our StudentHub.

If you’ve got a question or concern about your first term on campus please email ntu.beingoncampus@ntu.ac.uk. Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm and 10 am – 4 pm at weekends.

Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

Still need help?

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