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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Lateral Flow Tests

Testing during Epiphany Term

Lateral Flow Testing will continue to be available during Epiphany Term for all staff and students. In light of lockdown, we will be reviewing national guidance to determine testing provision throughout the remainder of term and will publish details here in due course.

Opening Hours (from 20th January)

  • Maiden Castle – daily, booking slots available from 9:30-7pm
  • Palace Green – daily, booking slots available from 9:30-7pm
  • Palatine Centre – daily, booking slots available from 9:30-4pm
  • Racecourse – closed until further notice in light of reduced student numbers during lockdown

The University will continue to offer Lateral Flow Tests to all staff directly employed by the University, and students who have remained in Durham or have returned to Campus.

Testing in Term 2 for students will be on the day of their arrival back in the City, then on day 4 and day 7. Weekly testing will then continue after that. Students who have remained in Durham will take their first test, have further tests on day 4 and day 7, and then a test weekly after that.

Participation is entirely voluntary, but the University encourages all its members to take advantage of this opportunity to test for their own benefit and for the benefit of those around them. Testing will also reduce the need for whole households to isolate.

The test involves applying a swab to the throat and nose. Results are available in 30 minutes and participants will be notified of their result, normally within 2 hours of taking the test.

A selection of videos on how to take an LFT are available here.

LFTs can only be used by fully trained individuals. As such, all participants need to watch a short video demonstrating the process and then pass a short quiz.

Please click on the relevant link below for more information including links to the training site, booking system, and FAQs.