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: 23/03/2021

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 those offered the test 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 either 3 or 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 every week, even for 1 day, you should undertake 2 tests a week (3 or 4 days apart, e.g. a Monday & Thursday).

When should I do the tests?
You should aim to keep to the same days/times each week when testing, with the advice being 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 fortnight or monthly), please take a test immediately before coming into College and 3 days later.

I've previously had Covid, so do I need to take the tests?
Anyone that has previously tested positive for COVID19 via a PCR test should not be tested on this programme within a period of 90 days from their initial illness onset or test (if asymptomatic). The education and childcare programme is not for individuals who are symptomatic.

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 (It is also recommended you keep your own manual record of tests/results)

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).
  • 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 college contact group, must follow the self-isolation guidance whilst you await your PCR test result.

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 home lateral flow test, even if it says you are 'negative'. Stay at home, and book a PCR test at a testing centre immediately.

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