Anyone in Scotland can visit the Scottish Government website to order a supply of coronavirus tests to be delivered to their home, or visit the NHS website to identify their nearest pharmacy offering lateral flow test kits for collection. UWS continues to ask staff and students to make the University aware if you have received a positive test, or if you have been told to self-isolate: you can do this by simply filling out the UWS Covid Notification Form here. We also encourage our UWS community to take regular lateral flow tests before visiting our campuses, to help keep everyone as safe as possible.
From the week beginning 20 September UWS colleagues and students – who are exhibiting no Covid-19 symptoms – will be able to collect a free box of seven lateral flow device (LFD) testing kits from all of our campuses. The tests are self-administered from home, and results should be uploaded to the NHS. The tests will be available from our campus receptions, the Hub and student residences, and all you’ll need to do is complete a quick consent form before collecting your kit.
In addition, the NHS and local authorities will be attending our Ayr, Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses during the fortnight beginning 20 September, to run vaccination clinics, as well as test collection points. Vaccinations are scheduled to be available to UWS students and staff – at clearly signposted locations – as follows:
- Paisley – September 20, 23, 27 & 30
- Ayr – September 21, 23, 28 & 30
- Lanarkshire – September 21, 23, 28 & 30
- Dumfries – schedule for local NHS testing available at nhsdg.co.uk/vaccines/
- London – signposting in place for nearby walk-in vaccination sites
NHS testing is available for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change of smell or taste. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms must not attend campus and should book a test online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. NHS Inform have produced guidance on testing and how to take tests.