Testing

Rose Bruford College will be undertaking mass testing of students and staff in January, very much in the same way as we did in December. Again we are inviting all campus-based students without symptoms to be tested.

The specific aims of this programme are to:

  1. Support a return to normal life on campus after year-end holidays, reducing the risk of college outbreaks and the spread of infection to the wider local community.
  2. Identify asymptomatic positive cases of COVID19 within the college population quickly and ensuring they self-isolate to break the chain of transmission.
  3. Gain a full picture of the incidence of COVID19 in the university population to identify emerging hotspots for targeted public health response.

The tests will again be Lateral Flow Antigen Tests which work by applying a swab or saliva sample to the testing device’s absorbent pad. A member of trained medical staff will take the swab for each participant. 

The registration and testing process will take approximately 15 minutes. On arrival in the marquee, you will be given a registration card with a barcode and the website address you need to access to register for testing. You should then go online – so please bring suitable wifi enabled device (smartphone/tablet/laptop) with you to allow you to log onto the NHS Test and Trace site. There will be someone on hand to help you if you have any problems with this process.
 
Once you have registered you should proceed to one of the nurse's stations in the marquee and a trained professional nurse will administer the test. You should hand your barcode to the nurse. Once the test is completed you should leave the marquee.
 
Please follow the College COVID protocols whilst inside the marquee. This involves wearing a face covering at all times except when the test is actually being administered, observing social distancing and following the one-way system that will be marked out inside the marquee. There will be hand sanitizers at the entrance and exit to the marquee. Please use these.
 
In January each student will be offered two tests three days apart. If you take a test and receive a negative result, you should leave campus and only return for your second test.
 
If you take a test and the result is positive:

  • You may be asked to take a confirmatory PCR test.
  • You must self-isolate for 10 days.
  • You should inform Student Services so that we can ensure support is in place during your isolation period.

You have been emailed a document which shows your allocated time slot to attend in a small group. Every effort has been made to minimise disruption to teaching and the process will be as efficient as possible with minimal queueing. 

I’ve already tested positive, and have now recovered. Do I need to test again?

  • Yes, we would like to invite you to test again if it has been longer than 10 days since your positive result as it is possible to contract the virus more than once.

When and where will testing take place?

  • Testing dates are Thursday 7th, Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th January. 
  • Testing will take place in the marquee behind Lamorbey House from 9 am to 6 pm. 
  • The attached document shows your allocated time slot to attend in a small group. Every effort has been made to minimise disruption to teaching and the process will be as efficient as possible with minimal queueing. 
  • Testing is voluntary, you do not have to take a test if you don’t want to, but we would encourage you to do so.

How is the test administered?

  • Trained medical staff will administer the test.


How many tests will Rose Bruford College carry out?

  • RBC plan on doing two tests per person. 

How and when do I get my results?

  • NHS Test and Trace will get in touch with you directly with the result of your test, how long this will take will depend on the pressure on the system at that time, but it will be on the same day and usually within 3 hours. 
  • RBC will not have access to your test result.
  • To find out how NHS Test and Trace use your personal data when you register for a coronavirus test, read the coronavirus privacy notice.

Any students who need support over the festive period have access to 24-hour support through Care First who can provide you with counselling information and advice as appropriate. You can reach them on 03332129345.


More information about the wider testing initiative can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
                                                                                                         https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
By dialling 119. Lines are available from 7 am to 11 pm.


We would like to thank all staff and students for their continued support during this time, and we appreciate your commitment to social distancing, handwashing, mask-wearing and other safe practices which have enabled us to continue to deliver face to face teaching.
 

Resources

  • Stay at home guidance from the government

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-athome-guidance

  • Looking after your feelings and your body- by Public Health England

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/

  • Achieve Together easy read information about COVID 19

https://www.achievetogether.co.uk/easy-read/covid-19-easy-reads/

  • British Sign Language or subtitled videos containing coronavirus information

https://www.rdash.nhs.uk/support-and-advice/coronavirusinformation/coronavirus-british-sign-language/