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COVID-19: ADVICE FOR STaff, STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY
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Rapid COVID-19 testing for students

RGU is working with the Scottish Government to provide free, asymptomatic COVID-19 tests for all students who are returning to their-term time accommodation for the new term.

Students who remained in halls of residence will also be able to access testing, as they will be re-forming households in the new term. Students will be offered two lateral flow tests when they return from their home address to their term-time address. The two tests should be booked three days apart, with the latter being as close as possible to the start of your in-person teaching.

This testing is only for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. If you are displaying symptoms or think you might have COVID-19, please  seek a test via NHS Test and Protect.

You can find more information on testing on the Student Information Scotland website.

Why should I take the tests?

The tests can help make sure you are at low risk of being infectious and therefore will be unlikely to pass on the virus. We all need to do our bit to stop the spread of the virus and protect our families, friends and the wider community. Participating in the test will help protect the people you care about, will help fight the pandemic and could save lives.

What do the tests involve?

They are known as lateral-flow tests. It involves you taking a swab from your mouth and nose. It only takes a few minutes. You will be notified of the test result by email or text within 24 hours by NHS Test and Protect, and possibly much faster.

The Scottish Government recommends that you take two tests, at least three days apart and ideally not more than five days apart, to have the greatest level of confidence that you are not infectious.

The RGU test-site will be operational within an isolated zone in the Sir Ian Wood Building from 11 January, between 9am and 12noon. The Scottish Government is asking students to return to their term-time accommodation only when in-person teaching is scheduled to resume, and tests should be booked as close to this as possible.

Tests must be booked in advance through ASK RGU. You will not be able to attend the test centre in the Sir Ian Wood Building or receive your free asymptomatic COVID tests without an appointment through ASK RGU.

There will be support and advice available on campus if you are having any difficulty.

What will the test show?

The test will determine if you are currently infectious with the COVID-19 virus. It will provide some reassurance to you and those you come in contact with as the new semester begins.

Where will the testing centre be?

The testing centre will be housed in the Sir Ian Wood Building on campus with a separate entrance to avoid the main thoroughfare of the building. Do not enter by the main entrance of the Sir Ian Wood Building for your tests as you will not be able to access the testing centre this way. You will be given detailed instructions as part of your booking.

Who is eligible for the tests?

The tests are intended for students who are returning to their-term time accommodation for the new term. Students who remained in halls of residence will also be able to access testing.

If you have previously tested positive for COVID, you do not need to take a test unless your previous positive test was over 90 days ago.

Can staff get tested too?

No, staff members are not eligible. If a member of staff experiences COVID-19 symptoms, they must self-isolate immediately and book a test through NHS Inform or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Booking your tests

Tests must be booked in advance through ASK RGU. You will not be able to attend the test centre in the Sir Ian Wood Building or receive your free asymptomatic COVID tests without an appointment booked through ASK RGU. You must arrive at the Sir Ian Wood Building as close as possible to your allotted time slot, which will help avoid congestion or queues forming. If you do arrive early you must strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.

To book an asymptomatic COVID Test 1 or Test 2:

  1. Log into ASK RGU  with your Student Number and RGU network password
  2. Click book appointment
  3. In Available Appointments filter available appointments enter: Test-1 or Test-2 to see appointments in the next two weeks
  4. To see appointments more than 2 weeks away use the Show appointment search options and select Category COVID Test

We will have facilities to provide tests for up to 12 students at a time, so you will be booking into a multi-person appointment.

Once you have booked an appointment a confirmation email will be sent to your RGU Email.

Test Results

What happens if I test positive?

It is essential that anyone who tests positive, or who shares a household with someone who has tested positive, does not come to the university. They should self-isolate along with all members of their household in accordance with the guidance set out by NHS Inform.

You will be notified by email or text if you test positive and may be asked by NHS Test and Protect to take a further type of test, which they will arrange with you. If the Test and Protect test is positive, you are requested to inform the university health and safety team right away on 07966 923668.

Follow our guidelines for self-isolation, pending the result of your Test and Protect test. 

What will happen if my first lateral flow test result is negative?

If you test negative on your first test then you should book another test within 3 days. You should still continue to follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS guidance and any additional restrictions in your local area.

The Scottish Government is requesting student to reduce their social mixing for two weeks after returning to term-time accommodation. This means going out only for essential reasons including learning, food shopping and exercise. You should continue to do this after receiving your first negative result.

What happens if I receive two negative tests?

If your second test is also negative then you should continue to follow FACTS and the guidance for the area you are staying in.  A negative test result still means that there is a risk you could have or develop COVID as a test is a reflection of one point in time. If you test negative but you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you should self-isolate where you are in line with current guidance.

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

Will the University be informed of my test results?

No. The test is personal to you. We will not be informed of your test results. However, if you test positive, , you are requested to inform the university health and safety team right away on 07966 923668 – they will provide guidance on self-isolation and can assist you in booking a test with NHS Test and Protect.

What happens now?

Please talk to your family and friends about the test. Please ensure you check your RGU email account regularly for updates and reminders.

Further information

Keep up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 public health measures and guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government through NHS Inform.

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