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Covid: How to get tested before you head home for Christmas

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

By Gabriela Page

Students at the University of South Wales have been informed of the new testing facilities that will be implemented over the last few weeks of term.

As part of efforts to keep Covid cases at bay and get students safely home for Christmas, the university has announced that they will be operating two types of Covid-19 testing facilities.

Both tests will be for students who are asymptomatic. Those showing symptoms should apply for a standard NHS test.

Testing at Treforest Campus

USW and Llusern Scientific Ltd Testing will be undertaken at the Treforest campus. This test will show if someone has Covid-19 in approximately 30 minutes. The trial is voluntary to evaluate the effectiveness of the test and gather clinical data.

You are eligible for the test if: you are showing no Covid-19 symptoms; you live in the USW Treforest halls of residence; you live within 1.5 miles of the Pontypridd campus, or you’re already going to the Pontypridd campus as part of a teaching program on the dates testing is taking place as long as you provide evidence of this.

The testing site will be open from Monday 23 November, with 300 tests available which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are eligible, you can book a test here.

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Testing at Cardiff, Newport, and Pontypridd Campuses

Lateral Flow Mass Testing will take place on the three campuses. This testing is part of the roll-out of the Government-backed pilot mass testing program.

These tests will be prioritised for students who are planning on moving from their term-time address at the end of the term. They will be prioritised further for those who have a concern before travelling, such as someone at the address they’re travelling to is vulnerable or they themselves are vulnerable.

Students can book for this test following a link that will be emailed to them after the booking system becomes available.

These three testing sites will be open from Monday 30 November till Friday 11 December.

Students who receive a positive test result will be required to self-isolate and book an NHS test to confirm the positive result. Those who test negative are encouraged to book another test three days later, then travel as soon as possible after the second negative result.

Testing is voluntary, but students travelling home for Christmas have been encouraged to register for a test when the booking system becomes available.

This announcement follows the news from the Welsh Government that students travelling home for Christmas should do so between December 3 and 9 to allow for staggered departure times.