Covid-19 Testing

Please note: changes to Scottish Government guidance means that the vast majority of teaching and learning will now be online throughout Trimester 2. Please do not return to your term-time address until you are permitted to do so. You can find out information about this on our Latest on Covid-19 page.

Due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions across Scotland, it has been necessary to reduce the operating hours of the Asymptomatic Test Centre.

From Monday 25 January, the test centre will be open between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday. If you had booking for a time slot later than this, we have unfortunately had to cancel your appointment.

Please could you rebook your test. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 
 

Information for Trimester 2

We are pleased to be offering Covid-19 tests to students for the start of Trimester 2.

These tests are aimed at new and returning students who will be living at a term time address that is different from where they spent the festive break. If you are remaining at the same address as you did for the festive period, we are not asking you to get tested.

Many of our students caught Covid-19 at the beginning of Trimester 1 and were forced to self-isolate. It was a difficult time for many of them and we want to help avoid that in Trimester 2.

We are therefore offering you the chance to have Covid-19 tests to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 and make the new trimester as safe as possible for you, your friends, and the rest of our University community.

These Covid-19 "rapid" tests will be available to you on a voluntary basis throughout most of January and part of February. This means that those who return at different times will still have the opportunity to get tested.

The location of the test centre is The Pleasance Sports Complex and please note from Monday 25 January tests will take place between 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday until Wednesday 31 March.

If either test is positive, you and members of your household will need to self-isolate immediately, and you will need to get a follow-up test provided by the NHS. If that result is also positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

You can book a test by using the Edinburgh Napier app and clicking on the tile marked "Book Covid-19 Test" or through myNapier.

You should book two tests, ideally three to five days apart. If this is not possible, it is still worth getting a single test.

Book a test.

If you have any technical difficulties booking a test, please get in touch with our IS Service Desk who will be able to assist you. You can reach them by emailing isservicedesk@napier.ac.uk or phoning 0131 455 3000.

The initiative is a partnership between UK Government, Scottish Government, Colleges and Universities.

 

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Covid-19 Testing FAQs

How will testing work?

Each student will be offered two lateral flow tests between 3 and 5 days apart. The tests use a self-administered swab from the nose and throat, done under supervision at one of the University's testing locations.

If either test is positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days, in line with government guidelines.

You can only take the test if you do not have Covid-19 symptoms, and anyone with symptoms will be turned away from the test centre. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, please contact the NHS to arrange for a test.

Who should get tested – and why?

The scheme is voluntary, but we are urging new students and those returning who have been living at an address that is different from where they will be spending their term time address to get tested.

While around half of people with Covid-19 develop symptoms, many show no symptoms (asymptomatic) and are unaware that they are infected. Even if you have no symptoms, you can still spread the virus. The aim of these tests is to find those who have Covid-19 but no symptoms to minimise the risk of spreading of the virus.

Where is the testing centre and what are the opening times?

The testing centre will be open from now until Wednesday 31 March at Pleasance Sport Complex and Gym, 46 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ

What do I need to bring with me to the testing site?

Please remember to bring the following with you:

  • A face covering.
  • Your student identification.
  • Your mobile phone. This is needed so that you can complete the registration process when you arrive.

What safety measures are in place at testing sites?

Testing sites will operate physical distancing along with queue management. Staff will wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) and visitors will be asked to wear face coverings, except when they are carrying out a test. Testing areas will be cleaned between each use.

Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms will not be admitted to the site. If you have symptoms you should contact the NHS directly for a test.

How do I book a test?

All tests will need to be booked in advance. You can do this by using the Edinburgh Napier app. A tile called "Book A Covid-19 Test" is available.

If you can't see the tile on your app, logout of the app and log back in. You can also book through the My Account web page at https://myaccount.napier.ac.uk

Please remember when booking your tests that you must make two separate bookings using this form. Your second booking must ideally be 3 days after your first booking.

What do I need to bring with me to the test?

You will need your student identification and a mobile number or email address and your NHS/CHI number (if you have it) for registration purposes.

Results will be sent via text message and/or an e-mail using contact details recorded at the registration or check-in process. The results will be communicated within a day of the test.

You should also bring a face covering if you are able to wear one.

How will the test be administered?

On arrival at a testing site, you will be handed a swab kit, which you will use to administer the test yourself, before handing to testing staff for analysis. Your test result will be sent by text or email to you within a day.

The test is a throat and/or nose swab and does not involve any needles or the drawing of blood.

How will I get my results?

Results will be sent via text message and/or an e-mail using contact details recorded at the registration or check-in process.

The results will be sent to you within 24 hours of each test.

Can I stay on site while waiting on my results?

No. To ensure the health and safety of everyone at the testing site, you must leave as soon as possible. You will receive your results by text or email.

What happens if I receive a positive test?

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, if either test is positive, you and your close contacts will need to self-isolate. These test results will also trigger NHS Test and Protect, and you will need to attend an NHS testing facility for a further PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for confirmation.

What will happen if my first test result is negative?

If the first test result is negative, you can continue to work/attend class as usual.

What happens if I receive two negative tests?

If you test negative, you should continue to follow all Government guidelines aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19. This includes wearing face coverings when indoors and social distancing.

If you test negative but are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you should self-isolate in line with current guidance.

You should continue to follow the Scottish Government's FACTS guidance at all times.

Do I or the people I live with need to self-isolate if receive a positive test result?

Yes, you and your household should isolate. If you have tested positive then you need to isolate for 10 days and the people in your household will need to isolate for 10 days as they are deemed close contacts. You should then arrange for a confirmatory PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) provided by the NHS. If your confirmatory PCR test does not confirm that you are positive, you and your household can stop isolating.

Will my contacts be traced?

If you receive a positive lateral flow test, you will be asked to undertake a confirmatory PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test. If the PCR test result is positive, you will be asked to continue to isolate and you will be contacted by NHS Test and Protect to begin the full contact tracing process.

Who sees the test results? How is this data stored?

The testing site will analyse the sample and upload the test results linked to the barcode to the NHS Test & Protect digital system. To protect privacy and confidentiality, the testing site is unable to link any results to individuals. The Test & Protect systems will link the registration record with the test result.

Results will be sent to you via text message and/or an e-mail using contact details recorded at the registration or check-in process. The results will be communicated within a day of the test.

If the result of the test is positive, you will be offered a confirmatory PCR test to rule out the very small chance of a false positive test.

Test results will be notifiable to NHS Test & Protect. Results will also be sent to your registered GP and Public Health Scotland.

The University will not receive your tests results. Please read our Privacy Notice for the asymptomatic Covid-19 testing.

I am not showing any symptoms – do I need a test?

It is really important that you limit the risk of transferring infection. Even if you are not showing any symptoms of Covid-19 we strongly recommend you get a test before you return to help reduce the risk.

When can I return to my term-time accommodation following the winter break?

Please do not return to your term-time address if you have not yet done so. Scottish Government guidance states you should only return if you have essential face-to-face teaching or if you face issues such as mental health concerns or parental estrangement.

For more information on the teaching taking place on campus, please visit our Essential Teaching page.

What do I need to do before I return to my term-time accommodation?

If you are returning to your term-time accommodation for essential face-to-face teaching purposes, or for mental health and wellbeing reasons, you should organise getting a Covid-19 test. We are currently offering free testing for returning students - please visit our Covid-19 testing page for more information.

You should continue to act responsibly and follow the guidance and restrictions in place in the area where you are living to minimise the risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19. We are also asking you to voluntarily reduce your social mixing for 10 days before returning to university. This means going out only for essential reasons including learning, food shopping and exercise.

Would this test allow me to travel internationally?

These tests are aimed at new and returning students who will be living at a term time address that is different from where they spent the festive break.

The testing offered by the University testing centres is not sufficient evidence for a 'fit to fly' note. Pre-travel tests are not available on the NHS and must be purchased privately from companies who offer that service. In Edinburgh, these include the following, although there may be others and none are endorsed by Edinburgh Napier University:

Countries may specify a certain type of test, so ensure your chosen test provider can comply with this prior to paying for any testing.

Further information on entry requirements and what tests are suitable are available on the UK Government website:

I am an international student. Should I take any extra measures to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus?

You must self-isolate for 10 full days if you arrive in Scotland from a country outside the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). This is to protect against the risk of imported cases of Covid-19. Your university will support you during this time.

There is a list of exempt countries or territories. Travellers from these destinations are not required to self-isolate. This list is continuously reviewed, and countries can be taken off or added at any time. You should allow for the possibility of such change at short notice in making your plans.

If your journey includes a transit stop through a non-exempt country, you will need to self-isolate if you interact with others in that country. For example, if your journey involves a transit through an airport or by exiting your vehicle on a ferry in a non-exempt country, you will need to self-isolate.

Guidance on international travel and quarantine is available on the Scottish Government website.

I am not a new or returning student who will be living at a term time address that is different from where they spent the festive break. What do I need to do?

The testing system has been set up to test the large number of students who will be moving to a term-time address that is different from where they spend the festive break. If this does not describe you, you do not need to get tests.

Where can I get further information?

You can find more information on the Scottish Government website.