Asymptomatic testing is the process for testing those who do not present with symptoms of Covid19. The aim of the testing is to identify people who are infectious but are not showing symptoms to help reduce transmission.
Sunderland City Council is managing asymptomatic testing and is offering this service to returning students.
The test that will be carried out at the on-campus testing facility is a Lateral Flow (LFD) test.
Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that can be used to test people without symptoms of Covid-19. This helps to identify and isolate more people who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chains of transmission.
A Lateral Flow Test detects the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab sample to the device's absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.
For students who are eligible to attend campus, prior to the first visit we strongly encourage students to arrange three Lateral Flow tests. Once a student has arrived we encourage students to arrange free twice-weekly Lateral Flow tests.
These tests are designed to find people who might be carrying the virus without knowing it and therefore help reduce transmission. The testing centre is located in Unit 1, Tech Park beside Murray Library and is being run by Sunderland City Council.
A testing slot can be booked here.
If you think you have symptoms of Covid19 it is important that you follow the NHS advice and get a free PCR test via the NHS.
You will need to report your symptoms on our online form at https://go.sunderland.ac.uk/reportcovid
The main symptoms of coronavirus (Covid19) are:
To protect others, do not attend campus or go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result. If you miss any class, whether it is on campus or online, please report this absence via TDS Student Portal.
If you miss class, whether online or on-campus due to having symptoms/self-isolating you will then need to report your absence through the TDS Student Portal
There are reports that some students arriving from overseas mistakenly think the University’s asymptomatic testing process exempts them from having to book and pay for a travel test package.
It is very important that international students know and understand the right information.
Before travelling students should:
Students must follow the law on international travel, which means before they travel they should:
Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result 3 days before they travel