Test & Trace - Asymptomatic testing site

Asymptomatic Lateral Flow Testing at ESO

From 4th Jan 2021 the ESO will be participating in the Government backed asymptomatic test & trace programme for Universities and will help to protect those most at risk.

This on-campus service is for ESO staff and students and without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware.  This service will help you to get tested and to quickly reassure those who are not.

Use of Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) 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, find the virus and help enable us to go back to as normal a way of life as possible.

Please do not attend if you have Covid-19 symptoms.  If you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms please self-isolation and Find out how to request a home testing kit via NHS

Key points

  • The test takes only a few minutes.
  • You will need to take two tests 3 days apart.
  • If either test is positive, then you must arrange a Covid-19 PCR test via either the NHS Test & Trace app or by calling NHS 111.
  • If your PCR test is positive, please inform your manager or email covid-19@eso.ac.uk and self-isolate for 10 days.

Please do not attend if you have Covid-19 symptoms.  If you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms please self-isolation and Find out how to request a home testing kit via NHS

Bookings are available to ESO staff and students and you will need to use your ESO email address to make the booking.

Appointments are available from 08.30-15.30 across the week.  You will book your first rapid test online and your second rapid test will be booked when you attend your first booking.

You can book for your first Covid-19 Rapid Test using the link https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CovidRapidTesting@eso.ac.uk/bookings/

Please click on the booking guide below:

COVID-rapid-testing

 

Please bring your ESO security pass with you so your ID can be verified for the appointment.

Asymptomatic testing will take place in the P Rooms (Student Rooms) at Boxley House.

What happens if I get a positive test on the lateral flow test?

If you receive a positive test on either of the lateral flow tests you must self-isolate and request a PCR test to confirm the test results.  You will also need to inform the ESO via covid-19@eso.ac.uk

Find out how to request a home testing kit via NHS

Educational and welfare support will be put in place to support you during your period of self-isolation.

How will I know if I have a positive result?

You will register online with NHS Test and Trace to take the test and you will be contacted directly by the service.  You will need to inform the ESO of your results via covid-19@eso.ac.uk

How do I book in for my second Lateral Flow Test?

This will be booked for you when you attend your first test appointment.

Do I have to wait for the test results to be processed?

No, you can leave once you have completed your Lateral Flow Test.  Please ensure that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines and ESO Covid secure measurements when on campus.