COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing

Many people with coronavirus (COVID-19) have mild, or even no symptoms (asymptomatic), but can still spread the virus. With regular self-testing we can slow the spread and help protect the most vulnerable in our families and communities.

Last update: 18/1/22

Covid-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) home testing kits are now available to all Full-Time, Substantial/Regular Part-Time and Work-based learners, coming on to campus to study.

Please read the questions and information below:

Do I have to undertake the tests?
Testing is voluntary, although all learners and staff are strongly encouraged to take up this offer.

Where do I get a test pack?
Please collect a pack from your department/programme area on your first day back at College. There is no need to collect them in advance.

Is there a form to complete?
Prior to collecting your test pack, please complete this Consent Form (Word document) by typing in your name and the date. Then, email the form to your tutor, or print it off and hand it to them when you're next in College.

What does a pack contain?
Each box will contain 7 test kits, and an instruction leaflet.

Where should I do the tests?
At home.

How often should I do a test?
If you are on campus full time, you should do the tests 3 times a week (on Mon, Wed and Fri).

When should I do the tests?
You should aim to do them on the morning you're coming into college. But if this isn't feasible, testing the evening before is fine.

I'm not on campus that often?

If you attend a campus less frequently (e.g. 1 day a week, fortnightly or less), please take a test immediately before coming into College and 2 days later.

I've previously had Covid, so do I need to take the tests?
If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 (within the last 90 days) you are okay to take an LFT.

Where do I record my test results?
All test results, negative or positive (or void), need recording via the online results portal: www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

What centre/location do we record test results against on the website?
When recording results on the NHS website, the 'name or postcode of the school or college' to record is: Grŵp Llandrillo Menai (LL28 4HZ).

What if the result is 'positive'?
If the result is POSITIVE, you must:

  • Notify your course tutor immediately (by 8am at the latest).

  • If you are showing symptoms, you must confirm the positive result by arranging a PCR test at a testing centre as soon as possible.

  • In the meantime, you, all members of your household and any other ‘close contacts’, must follow the self-isolation guidance whilst you await your PCR test result.

  • If do not have symptoms, you should report the result, self-isolate and follow the self-isolation guidance (https://gov.wales/self-isolation). You no longer need to book a follow-up PCR test (unless you have been advised to take a PCR test because you are in a clinically vulnerable group who may need early access to treatment, or have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme).

Please be very careful when entering your test result on the website, as inputting 'positive' in error will result in you being asked to isolate, regardless of it being a mistake. You will then be contacted by TTP.

What if the result is 'negative'?
If the test result is NEGATIVE, you will need to record this via the online results portal, but no further action is required and you can continue your day as usual.

The test result was negative but I've got some Covid symptoms?
If you have any Covid symptoms, don't rely on the lateral flow test, even if it says you are 'negative'. Stay at home and book a PCR test immediately.

Further guidance on how to carry out the test and other relevant documents are available below: