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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Lateral Flow Tests

Testing during Easter Term

Lateral Flow Testing will continue to be available during Easter Term for all staff and students.

Opening Hours - 7 June to 4 July
You must pre-book a slot unless stated otherwise below

Maiden Castle

  • Pre-booked slots available from 9.30am - 4pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun) and 1.30pm - 7.45pm (Tue and Thu)
  • Walk-in slots available daily 11.30am - 3.30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun) and 3.30pm - 7pm (Tue and Thu)
You do not need to book in advance for a walk-in slot

Palace Green

  • Pre-booked slots available 7 days a week from 9.30am - 6.30pm
  • Same day pre-booking available up until 12pm, subject to availability
  • Walk-in slots not available

Palatine Centre

  • Pre-booked slots available from 9.30am - 4pm (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat and Sun) and 8.45am - 4pm (Tue and Fri)
  • Walk-in slots not available


  • Pre-booked slots available 7 days a week from 9.30am - 4pm
  • Walk-in slots not available
Palace Green
Pre-booked slots available 7 days a week from 9.30am-4pm

Palatine Centre
Pre-booked slots available 9.30am-4pm Monday - Friday (closed Saturday - Sunday)
Last updated 7/6/21

The Lateral Flow Test (LFT) is one of a number of new testing technologies for the Covid-19 virus. It has been piloted over the past few months at Durham University as well as across the UK.

The aim of the test is to identify those most at risk of spreading Covid-19 by identifying those who are infectious, but not aware of this. This will enable us to break the chains of transmission and reduce the infection rate. This is not a clinical trial; the technology, developed by the University of Oxford, has already been validated through clinical testing.

The LFT is carried out on people who do not have symptoms (i.e. those who are asymptomatic). The lateral flow test will not replace symptomatic PCR testing. If you are symptomatic, you must book a PCR test here or by calling 119. You must follow government guidelines and isolate accordingly.

The initiative was developed by Durham University in partnership with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), the University of Oxford, and Public Health England (PHE).

Using LFTs for mass testing

In line with the Government’s plans to use LFTs to support student travel at the end of Michaelmas Term, the University scaled up the pilot from three to twelve participating colleges and added capacity at three mass testing sites at Palace Green, the Palatine Centre, and Maiden Castle. Regular testing will continue at a number of sites in Epiphany Term. Testing is available for all students of the University and all staff employed by the University. We recommend testing twice weekly in line with government guidance, although there are no restrictions on frequency of testing.

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.

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: Lateral Flow Test Youtube playlist.

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.