We have a dedicated Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) Centre in the Sports Hall on the Cranfield campus, opened in conjunction with the National Health Service.

Our next term starts on 4 January 2021. Before attending your face-to-face sessions in the New Year, we expect all full-time taught and research students based on the Cranfield campus to take a lateral flow test. The test is free of charge.

Lateral flow testing (LFT) is one of the ways that we can help keep ourselves and others safe and to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

While the numbers of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have remained low at Cranfield, compared to other universities, the return of students after the festive break could, potentially, see cases increase. Through LFT, we can help prevent any spread so that we can continue to provide you with the best possible student experience. Thank you for your helping in keeping us all safe.

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How do I book a test?
What dates is testing being offered?
Where is the Lateral Flow Testing Centre?
Who is the testing for?
Do I have to take a test?
Can I take more than one test?
What is a lateral flow test?
If I have already had a positive PCR test, do I need to get a lateral flow test?
How safe is the test?
What do I need to bring with me?
Receiving your results and what to do next
What should I do if I don’t receive my result?
Can my family/friends book for a test at Cranfield?
What should I do if I need to change or cancel my booking?
What is the difference between an LFT and a PCR test?
Can I leave quarantine to take an LFT test?
Can an LFT be used to reduce quarantine under the UK Government's 'Test to Release' scheme?
Testing if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms
What is the difference between the LFT Centre and the other testing centre on campus?
Further questions?

How do I book a test?

You will need to book an appointment online to attend. Please do not attend the centre without an appointment. If you are living in a ‘household’ with other students, you may wish to book to all attend at the same time.

The test is free of charge.

If you receive a negative test result, for extra reassurance for you and those you come into contact with, you are able to book a second test which should be at least two days after your first test.

What dates is testing being offered?

  • Lateral Flow Testing has been paused. We will be back in touch about LFT testing nearer to the return to face-to-face teaching.

Where is the Lateral Flow Testing Centre?

This testing centre is in the Sports Hall on the Cranfield campus.

Who is the testing for?

Students
We expect all full-time taught and research students based on the Cranfield campus attending face-to-face sessions in January to take a test before their first session commences.

Staff
Staff who will be spending time on site at the start of the new term are able to book to take a test. These LFT tests are not mandatory, but are recommended for staff who will be having significant face-to-face contact with others on site when the new term starts.

Family/friends
Unfortunately, we are unable to extend the testing to family members or friends.

Do I have to take a test?

We expect all full-time taught and research students on the Cranfield campus to take a test, because we know that people can have COVID-19 without any symptoms at all. While the testing is not mandatory, by taking a test you will be helping minimise the potential for virus transmission helping us to continue to provide you with the best possible student experience.

Can I take more than one test?

If you receive a negative test result, for extra reassurance for you and those you come into contact with, you are able to book a second test which should be at least two days after your first test.

What is a lateral flow test?

The LFT is for students without symptoms (asymptomatic), who may be infectious but are unaware of it. LFT testing significantly improves the detection of positive cases, so people can isolate themselves and, ultimately, help break the chain of transmission.

It is a quick, safe and simple test. It involves a swab from your nose and throat that you take yourself. Your swab will then be tested by one of our on-site testing personnel to determine the result.

Full information about how to take the test will be given to you at the testing centre.

While the test might be a little uncomfortable, it is not painful and is very quick to do.

If I have already had a positive PCR test, do I need to get a lateral flow test?

If you have had a positive coronavirus PCR test in the last 90 days through NHS Test and Trace and have been recorded as a positive case on the national system, you do not need to be tested again.

How safe is the test?

Lateral flow tests (LFT) are validated technology and are safe. These tests have undergone rigorous testing and evaluation, including at Public Health England’s research laboratories, to ensure they are verified for use.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring your mobile phone or another internet-connected device with you as you will need it to register at the testing centre and in order to scan a QR code as part of the testing process. You will also need to bring your student/staff ID card.

Receiving your results and what to do next

As the LFT test does not require a laboratory to process it, you can normally expect to receive your result within an hour. This will be sent to you by email or text message to your mobile phone.

If you receive a positive test result:

  • You should self-isolate in your accommodation and wait for NHS Test and Trace to contact you. If you are part of a household, you should make them aware.
  • You should now book a PCR test through the NHS Test and Trace app, the nhs.uk/coronavirus website or by calling 119. You will be asked why you want to book a test. You should select the option that says: ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’.
  • This test will, most likely, take place at the testing centre at Medway Court, Building 3, on the campus.
  • You must also let the University know by emailing coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk.

If you receive a negative test result:

  • You can continue as normal, unless you are notified as being a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

If you receive a void test result:

  • Please call NHS 119 from a UK phone number to discuss this.

If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive:

  • If you live in the same household as someone who tests positive, you must self-isolate.

What should I do if I don’t receive my result?

If you do not receive a result, you will need to call 119 from a UK phone and let them know you took a lateral flow test but haven’t received your result. They will ask you for the barcode from your registration form. This will enable them to match the barcode with your result so they can let you know.

Can my family/friends book for a test at Cranfield?

Unfortunately, we are unable to extend the testing to family members or friends.

What should I do if I need to change or cancel my booking?

You can do this by clicking the cancel/change link in your booking confirmation email.

What is the difference between an LFT and a PCR test?

  • A lateral flow test (LFT) can return a result faster than the PCR because it does not need to be sent to a laboratory. This type of test is being used to test people without symptoms of coronavirus (asymptomatic) who may be infectious but are unaware of it.
  • A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is typically used when people are displaying symptoms of coronavirus. The results take longer than a LFT to be returned. People entering some countries are required to show a negative PCR test result. If a PCR test is required for travel purposes, this needs to be arranged privately.

Can I leave quarantine to take an LFT test?

No, you will need to complete your 10 days quarantine period before you then leave your accommodation to take a test.

The lateral flow test (LFT) cannot be used to reduce the amount of time you need to quarantine under the UK Government’s 'Test to Release' scheme. The test needed to reduce a quarantine period is a PCR test, which you would need to arrange through a private test provider. If you were to then receive a negative result, you would be able to reduce your time in quarantine. You would still need to quarantine for five days before you could take this test. Full information about the 'Test to Release' scheme is available on the Government website. We have published some information on our intranet about the clinics that we are aware of in the local Bedford/Milton Keynes area offering private PCR tests.

Can an LFT be used to reduce quarantine under the UK Government's 'Test to Release' scheme?

Unfortunately the lateral flow test (LFT) cannot be used to reduce the amount of time you need to quarantine when you return to the UK. If this were to change, we would make sure all students are made aware.

The UK Government is launching a 'Test to Release' scheme from mid-December onwards. This would involve you arranging a PCR test with a private test provider. If you were to then receive a negative result, you would be able to reduce your time in quarantine. You would still need to quarantine for five days before you could take this test. Full information about the 'test to release' scheme is available on the Government website. A list of private test providers are due to be published on the above site shortly. We have also published some information on our intranet about the clinics in the local offering private PCR tests.

Testing if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms

The LFT is for people without symptoms of coronavirus (asymptomatic). If you are displaying symptoms, however mild, please do not attend the LFT Centre. Instead, you should book a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test either via the NHS COVID-19 app, the nhs.uk/coronavirus website or by telephoning 119. This test will, most likely, take place at the testing centre located in Medway Court, Building 3, on the edge of the Cranfield campus. If you receive a positive PCR test result, you must let us know by emailing coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk.

What is the difference between the LFT Centre and the other testing centre on campus?

The LFT Centre is for students and staff without symptoms (asymptomatic), who may be infectious but are unaware of it.

The testing centre based at Medway Court, Building 3, on the edge of the campus is for those who need to take a test because they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms. An appointment is necessary which should be booked either via the NHS COVID-19 app, the nhs.uk/coronavirus website or by telephoning 119.

Questions?

If you have any further questions, please email coronavirus-questions@cranfield.ac.uk.