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Testing for the local community

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, visit our Covid-19 testing site at Eldon building car park

In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Portsmouth City Council, we're offering Covid-19 testing for our staff, students and the Portsmouth community. We're the first university in the country to partner with DHSC to deliver this testing service.

As part of our plan to provide a safe environment for our students, staff and community, we encourage you to visit the testing site if you're displaying any symptoms of coronavirus, however mild.

We hope that by increasing the availability of such testing on campus brings a level of reassurance that we are doing all we reasonably can to help provide a safe environment for everyone.

Bob Nichol, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation

Get tested

If you are a member of the local community, or a University staff member or students, and you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), you can request a test at the Eldon site through the Government’s national booking portal.

Book your test

Everyone must wear a face mask when visiting the test site, except babies and toddlers. If you're medically exempt from wearing a face mask, other testing options are available through the national booking portal.

Test site location

The testing site is in the car park of Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ.

Taking the test

When you arrive at the site, you'll be asked to take throat and nose swabs of yourself and/or your children. Staff will send these swabs for testing but will not take the swabs for you.

Positive test result

Test results will be sent by text or email, usually within 24 hours - though sometimes it can take longer.

If you test positive, your details will automatically enter into the NHS track and trace process.

Contact tracers will get in touch with you by email or phone to tell you to self-isolate. They will also ask about places you've visited recently and the people you've been in close contact with. This helps the NHS contact anyone else who may be at risk.

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