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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Lateral Flow Tests

Testing locations

Please check this webpage regularly for the latest opening times and locations

Science site 8.30am to 4.30pm Mon-Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm Sat-Sun
Palace Green* 9.30am-8pm (walk-ins accepted)
Racecourse 9.30am-4.30pm

*Walk-ins will be accepted at our Palace Green site only. All other testing sites require pre-booking.

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) identifies people in our community who are infectious but not aware of this. These people then self-isolate, helping to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.

At Durham, we test twice weekly to help minimise Covid-19 transmission within our University community. Even if you’re fully vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can transmit the virus. Test regularly to protect yourself and others.

Testing at University facilities is free, quick and easy and, you will get your results via email within two hours.‚Äč

LFTs are for people who do not have symptoms (i.e. those who are asymptomatic). LFTs do not replace symptomatic PCR testing. If you are symptomatic, book a PCR test, then follow government guidelines and isolate accordingly.

What if I’ve recently tested positive?

If you have recently tested positive with either a LFT or a PCR (within the previous 60 days) you should resume regular LFTs on completion of your period of self-isolation.

Who can get LFT at our central testing sites?

Testing is available for all students of the University and all staff employed by the University.

Participation is entirely voluntary, but we encourage you to test regularly to protect yourself and others.

The test involves applying a swab to your throat and nose. You will be notified of your result, normally within two hours of taking the test.

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

  • If you're a student, please complete the training using this this link.

  • If you're a member of staff, please complete the training using this link.

Once you have completed training you can book your appointments here.

Please visit the relevant page below for more information on LFT training, testing, and more.

Book your LFT appointment

Once you've completed your training you can book your appointments here.

Our videos

A selection of videos on how to take an LFT are available: Lateral Flow Test Youtube playlist.