- If you are coming onto campus, you should get a lateral flow test before you arrive and, where possible, before you travel on public transport. If you are coming onto campus regularly, you will need to get a test twice a week.
- From Tuesday 9 March, you will be able to book a free lateral flow test at the University of West London Testing Centre at their St Marys Road campus. This centre will be open every weekday between 9am to 1pm. To ensure that we can operate the Testing Centre in a Covid-secure way, tests need to be booked in advance via Eventbrite.
- In addition, as MetFilm School is based in Ealing, all students and staff are able to book a free test at one of Ealing’s six testing sites. If you live outside the borough, you can find out if there is a lateral flow test site near you by using gov.uk
- These tests are available to MetFilm School staff and students who do not have Covid-19 symptoms but wish to know if they have Covid-19 and are asymptomatic
- The Lateral Flow antigen test is only for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you have symptoms you need to self-isolate and book a test via the NHS.
- By testing those without symptoms it will better enable NHS Test and Trace to identify those individuals who are asymptomatic and are highly likely to spread the virus, so that the chain of transmission can be broken.
- You must book an appointment in advance online – you will not be able to access the testing centre without a booking. Further information about opening times and bookings will be added here as soon as it becomes available.
- If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, you should isolate together with your household and book a test through the NHS – you should not take a lateral flow test if you are displaying any covid-related symptoms.
What are Lateral Flow antigen tests?
- Lateral Flow antigen tests (LFTs) are a new kind of technology that could be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people (those who are infectious, but not aware of this).
- This would better enable the Government/NHS Test and Trace to identify asymptomatic cases who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chain of transmission.
- The technology has already been validated – clinical testing phases are all complete and the Government has been rolling out different field tests and testing activity to identify how to best use this new technology at scale.
- LFTs detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad.
- The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing a visual positive or negative result dependant on the presence of the virus. The tests have been validated by Public Health England.
- They are safe and offer reliable results.
How is this different from the more commonly used Covid-19 test?
- The test currently more commonly used in the NHS is the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
- These are readily available to all individuals showing symptoms of Covid-19.
Do I have to take a test?
- Participation is entirely voluntary, on an “opt in” basis. As a responsible institution, we are keen to do everything we can to support the local, national and international effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
- We are proud of the positive contribution we make to society, including during the pandemic, and are pleased to be participating in this project.
- We strongly encourage you to take the test.
How is the test taken?
- Staff, tutors and students will receive guidance in how to take the test, supported by trained on-site staff.
- The test involves applying a swab to the throat and nose.
- The sample is processed on-site, and the results are available in 20 to 30 minutes.
What happens if I return a positive LFT result?