Student and Staff Wellbeing

Booking a COVID-19 Rapid Test (LFD)

If you don't have any Covid-19 symptoms

From Monday 25th January, all students and staff who are accessing campus buildings and facilities are strongly encouraged to take two Rapid (LFD) tests per week. 

You should only take tests on the days that you are on campus - this means if you are only attending campus once a week, you should not come to campus especially for a test.

By taking a test, even if you don't have symptoms, you can help protect yourself and others and stop the spread of the virus. Once you have taken your test you should limit your contact with others until you get your result (normally within 30 minutes).

If you have any queries please get in touch: For students: Covid Support and for colleagues: Occupational Health.

Please note:

  • If you receive a positive Rapid (LFD) test you will need to self-isolate immediately, and the latest government guidance states that you do not need to get an NHS test, unless you are a student or colleague on clinical placement/duties, in which case you should follow your local/hosting NHS Trust guidance on next steps. You will also need to notify the University that you are self-isolating through this form
  • This test is for students and colleagues without any symptoms. If you have symptoms, you need to contact the NHS on 119 to book a test.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days you should not book a Rapid (LFD) test.
  • Please do not eat anything for 30 mins before your test.
  • If you are planning to travel outside of the UK, you may need to take a different test from the Rapid (LFD) test offered in the main test centre. Please check the government guidance for the country to which you are travelling.  You may require a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. 
  • If you feel you may need a reasonable adjustment for the test due to a disability, cultural, religious or personal factors and you have not done so already, please contact the Wellbeing Team.

Testing will be held at the Student's Union Building (Building 5 on the campus map).

The level-access to the Student Union basement will be arranged through queue coordinators at the main entrance who will show you down to the basement and back up again.

Please arrive on time and bring your mobile phone and smart card along with you for the registration process.

If you have any questions about the test, please check our FAQs, contact our COVID Support centre by email covidsupport@newcastle.ac.uk or call the COVID Helpline on 0191 222 5101 which is open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.