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‘No Symptoms’ Student Test Centre to open next week

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A new coronavirus ‘No Symptoms’ Student Test Centre will be open on the university campus from 30 November, based in the Pathfoot Building.

The new testing centre will offer free tests for students who are not displaying any symptoms of Covid-19.

The testing centre will be accessed through the back entrance of the Pathfoot Building, and will be open between 9.00am and 5.00pm from 30 November to 8 December.

This is just in time for the end of semester, where many students will be heading home for the winter break. 

In the announcement, University of Stirling said: “By getting tested you will be able to plan with confidence for your safe travel home for the winter break – bringing peace of mind to you and your loved ones that you aren’t infectious and don’t pose a risk of spreading the virus to family or friends.”

This is part of a UK-wide initiative, working alongside the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. The tests – which you are required to take two – will be conducted using Lateral Flow Devices.

The two tests will be spaced three days apart, and the university recommends that the second test is carried out close to your planned travel home date.

Results will be sent to students directly within 60 minutes of being tested. 

The tests will be available to all students living in University-managed accommodation and private accommodation. 

However, the university advises students not to attend the test centre if you currently have coronavirus symptoms, or if you have tested positive in the last 90 days. 

Additionally, if your test comes back positive you should self-isolate and follow the government guidelines.

To attend you must book a time slot. The university announcement said: “To book a time slot for your quick, safe, self-administered test please visit Eventbrite to book. Please bring your mobile phone and student ID to your appointment – this is necessary to complete the NHS registration process.”

“To find out more information about the test please visit the website.”

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