Coronavirus
COVID-19 lateral flow tests - Collection Centres

Testing for COVID-19

Getting tested regularly is an important step in ensuring that the wider Strathclyde community is safe. The Scottish Government recommends that we all test at home before:

  • travelling to campus
  • socialising in a pub or restaurant
  • visiting someone's house
  • going shopping
  • or going anywhere that might be crowded

Collection Centres on campus

You can collect COVID-19 lateral flow test kits from Livingstone Tower Café Area (LT110/LT111)Strathclyde Sport reception and Student Experience Helpdesk, 4th floor, Learning & Teaching Building.

Tests are for all Strathclyde students and staff.

Do not collect a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Instead, you must organise a PCR test instead, using NHS Inform.

 

Why lateral flow tests?

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms. Rapid lateral flow tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others. You’ll get your results in a matter of minutes.

Start of Semester travel within UK

Students should take a Lateral Flow test immediately before travelling from home to term-time accommodation, and thereafter test twice a week and before socialising with people from other households.

International travel

Find out more about international travel, quarantine and information on testing for people entering Scotland on the Scottish Government's website.

 

Lateral flow tests for Strathclyde staff & students

Who is eligible?

All Strathclyde staff and students.

Tests are for people with no COVID-19 symptoms.

Where can I get them?
  • Livingstone Tower Café Area (LT110/LT111)
  • Strathclyde Sport reception area
  • Student Experience Helpdesk, 4th floor, Learning & Teaching building
When can I collect?
  • Livingstone Tower - 12pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday
  • Strathclyde Sport - opening hours
  • Student Experience Helpdesk - 11am to 2pm, Monday to Friday

Can't pick them up from campus?

Don't worry, you can also order COVID-19 Lateral Flow Tests online or pick them up from a site in your community.

Find out more about this service on the Government’s website.

Order lateral flow tests

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Testing positive or negative - what happens next?

Record the results

Once you have taken your test at home you will need to record your results with NHS Inform.

Using this service means that you find out what your results mean and get the latest advice on what to do next. You have to use this service every time you complete a self-test.

If you choose to register for an NHS account, your details will be saved and pre-populated, making your next session faster and easier.

General guide to results

  • if your test is negative: you should continue to follow all Government and University advice and guidance to help keep you and the community safe

  • if your test is positive: record your results with NHS Inform and follow the guidance that they provide. Please remember to inform the University using the COVID-19 Notifications Webform

What happens at a collection centre?

It’s easy to pick up lateral flow tests on campus – watch our video to see how simple it is.

 

Remember to test regularly for COVID-19, especially before mixing with people from other households, whether for work or social purposes. 

Frequently asked questions

Students

Lateral flow test kits are available to all Strathclyde students whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research student. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this service. You are eligible whether you stay in residences, private accommodation or with family.

You must be a Strathclyde student. Students from other institutions should check with their college or university to find out what their arrangements are.

You should carry out regular testing at home before travelling to campus. Pick up your tests to use at home now.

Staff

Lateral flow test kits are available to all Strathclyde members of staff. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this service.

Everyone must note that it is very important that:

  • you have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days
  • you do not currently have COVID-19 symptoms
  • you have not been identified as having been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • you should carry out regular testing at home before travelling to campus. Pick up your tests to use at home now.

You should carry out regular testing at home before travelling to campus. Pick up your tests to use at home now.

Once you have taken your test at home you will need to record your results with NHS Inform.

Using this service means that you find out what your results mean and get the latest advice on what to do next. You will have to use this service every time you complete a self-test.

If you choose to register for an NHS Account, your details will be saved and pre-populated, making your next session faster and easier.

Lateral flow tests are for people with NO COVID-19 symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test through the NHS Inform website or by calling 0800 028 2816.

The main COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Yes, you are encouraged to do lateral flow tests regularly, even if you have been fully vaccinated. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must organise a PCR test, using NHS Inform.

The NHS lateral flow tests are voluntary, but we strongly recommend that you get involved. Taking the tests will allow you to know that you are keeping your friends, family and the Strathclyde community as safe as possible.

Regular testing

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can collect as many tests as you need to support your time on campus.

No, there is no cost to you.

You can collect the test kits from:

  • Livingstone Tower Cafe Area (LT110/LT111)
  • Strathclyde Sport, Reception area
  • Student Experience Helpdesk, 4th floor, Learning & Teaching building

If your test is positive, record your results with NHS Inform and follow the guidance that they provide.

Using the NHS Inform results service means that you find out what your positive result means and get the latest advice on what to do next. You will have to use this service every time you complete a self-test.

If you choose to register for an NHS Account, your details will be saved and pre-populated, making your next session faster and easier.

Please remember to inform the University using the COVID-19 Notifications Webform.  And don't worry, we are here to support you if you test positive. 

Once you have taken your test at home you will need to record your results with NHS Inform.

Using this service means that you find out what your results mean and get the latest advice on what to do next. You will have to use this service every time you complete a self-test.

If you choose to register for an NHS Account, your details will be saved and pre-populated, making your next session faster and easier.

If you have tested negative, you should continue to follow all Government and University advice and guidance to help keep you and the community safe.

We recommend that you get tested regularly. 

Lateral Flow Test kits are freely available for home delivery from the Scottish Government’s website. Staff and students are encouraged to access these test kits by ordering them online, by telephone or by picking them up at a local pharmacy.

Pharmacies close to campus

  • Abbey Chemist, 83 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB 
  • High Street Pharmacy, 128 High Street, Glasgow, G1 1PQ
  • Townhead Pharmacy, 16 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 3AA 

More information can be found on the Scottish Government's website.

Yes, the collection of test kits is open to all Strathclyde staff and students.