Swab sample testing kit for Covid19

15 October 2020

New local testing site now open next to North Holmes campus

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is now to open for students, staff and the wider community with symptoms to book appointments at our Building 2 car park, next to the North Holmes campus, Canterbury. It is part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.

This important centre has been erected in the new car park of Building 2, formerly known as the Black Car Park. The site is only accessible to pedestrians via St Martin's Terrace. It cannot be accessed from the North Holmes campus by staff, students or the community, and no vehicles will be allowed to enter our campus.

The placing and layout of the site have been carefully planned by our Estates team in close liaison with the test centre and is in the most secure available part of the campus, being the furthest away from our students and staff. There are strict controls in place with security operating 24/7 to ensure those using the centre use the correct routes and do not enter any other parts of our campus.

Testing is available only for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. From the start of the pandemic, testing has been prioritised for the most vulnerable, including patients in clinical settings and care home residents, vital health and care staff and to manage outbreaks.

The new site is situated so as to be easily accessible without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, asking them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book at test if they develop symptoms.

Covid-19 self-reporting form for staff and students

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, have to self-isolate due to someone in your household experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, you have tested positive for Covid-19 or you have been advised to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service, please stay at home and let us know as soon as possible by completing the staff or student self-reporting form. Please do not wait until your test results have been received.

By reporting directly to us we can work with Public Health England to take action quickly to reduce the chances of other people catching the virus.


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Jeanette Earl
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E: jeanette.earl@canterbury.ac.uk
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