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.

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 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?
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 as the test that needs to be taken on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine?
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?

Bookings can be made online. Please do not attend the centre without an appointment or if you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

For those students who are attending face-to-face learning on the Cranfield campus, we expect that you get tested twice a week with the two tests being three to five days apart.

For those students who remain studying online, we recommend that our on-campus students get tested once a week.

What dates is testing being offered?

Testing will be available on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8.30am-3.30pm until the end of June.

You can make a booking online here.

Where is the Lateral Flow Testing Centre?

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

Who is the testing for?

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

Students
For those students who are attending face-to-face learning on the Cranfield campus, we expect that you get tested twice a week with the two tests being three to five days apart.

For those students who remain studying online, we recommend that our on-campus students get tested once a week.

We are monitoring the number of students taking tests, so please ensure that you get tested. Please also keep the emails/text messages confirming your results.

Staff
Colleagues who are regularly working on site can book to take a test.

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

Do I have to take a test?

For those students who are attending face-to-face learning on the Cranfield campus, we expect that you get tested twice a week with the two tests being three to five days apart. This is for your safety and the rest of the Cranfield community.

For those students who remain studying online, we recommend that our on-campus students get tested once a week.

We are monitoring the number of students taking tests, so please ensure that you get tested. Please also keep the emails/text messages confirming your results.

LFT testing significantly improves the detection of positive cases, so people can isolate themselves and, ultimately, help break the chain of transmission.

Can I take more than one test?

Yes.

What is a lateral flow test?

The LFT is for individuals 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.

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 as the test that needs to be taken on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine?

Anyone travelling to England from overseas needs to take two COVID-19 tests during their 10-day quarantine period, one on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantine. These need to be booked and paid for in advance of any travel. Further information has been published on the UK Government website.

Please note, a negative result does not enable you to leave quarantine early and this testing is separate from the lateral flow testing on the Cranfield campus.

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.

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.

If I have quarantined, do I still need to take an LFT?

Yes, you will still need to take a lateral flow test as we are expecting all students on the Cranfield campus to do so.

For those students who are attending face-to-face learning, we expect that you get tested twice a week with the two tests being three to five days apart. For those students who remain studying online, we recommend that our on-campus students get tested once a week.

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.