Symptom free testing

12th April 2021

News, Student news

Help limit the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested twice a week if you are working or studying at Wadham.

  • Poster illustrating availability of covid testing

Staff and students across the Wadham sites are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week throughout Trinity term using symptom-free Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing.

Students returning to College can be tested ahead of the start of term and will be provided with two initial tests, available to be collected from the Lodge on arrival. The initial test should be taken on the day of arrival and the second test three days later. You can then take tests twice a week, every week while in Oxford by booking tests here using your single sign on.

Staff are requested to talk to their line manager if they need to perform a test inside working hours and can book tests here using your single sign on. It is possible to order LFD tests via a number of other routes – details of which can be found on the Government website. Staff may choose to use non-University tests (for example, if you are not in Oxford, or you have irregular work patterns) where it minimises travel or is more convenient.

The new symptom-free testing centres are located in easy-to-access sites around Oxford. St Luke’s Chapel (Radcliffe Observatory Quarter) and the University Club (Mansfield Rd) will be open on 12 April. The Richard Doll Building on the Old Road Campus will become operational soon after.

Tests are free and convenient – you can choose a location and time that suits you, and tests are available to book  two weeks in advance.   

If you test positive in any LFD tests (including those in community testing or received from the government via another route), you must self-isolate immediately and book a confirmatory PCR test, preferably through the Early Alert Service. You will receive further advice from the NHS and the University Results Liaison Team (RLT). You (and your household) should immediately self-isolate and assume you have the virus, pending the result of the confirmatory PCR test.