The University of Strathclyde has begun offering students COVID-19 tests to help them plan their return home to their families or to another household for Christmas.
The Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS), located in the Barony Hall, is offering free lateral flow tests as part of the Government’s UK-wide continuing drive to increase the availability of mass testing.
Testing began on Tuesday 1 December and will be available for all students until Wednesday 9 December. Appointments are available from 9:30am to 7:30pm every day. For more information and to book a test visit https://www.strath.ac.uk/coronavirus/covid19test/
Strathclyde is working with NHS Test & Trace on the on-campus ATS so that students without symptoms, who may be infected but unaware, are able to get tested and can self-isolate if they test positive.
Students will be encouraged to get tested twice during the first week of December. If they receive two negative tests, they are advised to return home immediately. Should a student test positive they will receive a confirmatory test and have to self-isolate for 10 days, still with enough time to return home for Christmas.
The testing site offers self-swab lateral flow tests. These tests do not require sending samples to a laboratory and can rapidly turn around results within an hour.
Use of lateral flow tests could significantly improve the detection of positive cases, so people can isolate themselves and prevent the spread of the disease. Asymptomatic testing will help to protect those at high risk, detect the virus and help enable us to go back to as normal a way of life as possible.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said; “All university students who are leaving their term time accommodation to travel home this Christmas are being offered on-campus testing.
“We want to make sure we can quickly identify and cases of COVID-19 so that students have sufficient time to self-isolate before returning home to their families.
“I would encourage all students who are leaving Glasgow to go home for Christmas to get tested twice to help ensure they don’t unwittingly spread the virus to their families, friends and loved ones.
I’m hugely grateful to the Strathclyde staff and students who have volunteered to help operate the ATS. This has been an ambitious project which has been delivered speedily with exceptional skills and great care.
Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We’ve already come so far since first setting up a national testing programme at an unprecedented pace to help counter COVID-19, but we continue to strive to go further, faster.
“Innovations such as lateral flow technology hold the key to the next phase of our ambition to see mass, rapid testing available to people across the country.
“I’m delighted that universities are working with us to use lateral flow technology, and I look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour, in helping students return home for Christmas and to return to a normal way of life as soon as possible.”