Lateral Flow Tests

Lateral flow tests for students, staff and contractors have been introduced to help make SERC safer as more people return to some element of campus learning.

Lateral Flow Tests

Lateral Flow Tests

Lateral flow tests for students, staff and contractors have been introduced to help make SERC safer as more people return to some element of campus learning.

Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms, so could be spreading the disease without knowing it.  The lateral flow tests are used by people who don’t have symptoms but who may be infectious, so that if necessary they can isolate and avoid infecting others with the virus.

The deployment of LFD testing is a critical step in reaching our goal of returning to normal delivery on campuses, and we are now seeking the co-operation of all staff and students in this voluntary scheme, which involves self-testing using the free kits at home.

The testing programme will be most effective when staff and students are tested regularly for coronavirus. We encourage everyone to collect a pack of kits and begin self-testing twice a week.

Testing is voluntary and no student, staff member or visitor to SERC is required to take the test but we hope everyone in the College community will recognise the benefits of testing along with all the measures we have in place to keep everyone safe. 

Test results are confidential.

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We would like to thank everyone in the College community for all of their hard work in helping to stop the spread of covid. We would like to remind everyone to continue this effort by: 

  • Wearing face masks in public areas including corridors and stairwells unless you are medically exempt.
  • Maintaining 2 metre social distancing in classrooms.
  • Where this is not possible, masks should be worn.
  • Following the advice of G4S staff when entering the temperature screening area.
  • Working from home where possible for staff
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FAQs about Lateral flow testing:

Why are we doing Lateral Flow Testing at SERC?

Around one in three people with coronavirus do not have any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without knowing. The lateral flow tests are used for people who don’t have symptoms. These tests are used to try and identify people who may have no symptoms but are infectious.

Use of multiple testing technologies, such as Lateral Flow Device tests (LFD), could significantly improve detection of positive cases, so that if necessary people can isolate themselves and prevent the spread of the disease. 

How do I carry out a Lateral Flow Test?

Full instructions are included in your text pack and are displayed on posters on campus. You may also find this video helpful:

Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. A Lateral Flow Test (LFD) detects the presence or absence of coronavirus when a sample is applied to the device’s absorbent pad. After 30 minutes, a visual positive or negative result is displayed on the device. 

Do I have to take this test?

Participation is voluntary. We are hoping that many people will recognise the benefits of getting involved in rapid testing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in their communities.​

Why should people take part?

Around one in three people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without knowing. We aim to identify these cases and break the chains of transmission. Identifying and supporting infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms will help reduce spread​.

When should I take a Lateral Flow Test?

Students and staff who agree to participate in the testing programme will conduct the tests, at home, twice a week . The tests should be carried out on two separate days which are three days apart. For example Monday & Thursday, Tuesday & Friday, etc.

What should I do if I test positive?

If you have taken a lateral flow test (LFT) or a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and the result is positive, you should isolate for 10 days from the date the test was taken. 10 days of isolation starts from the day after the test was taken (if you have no symptoms) or from the day that symptoms started.

If on Day 6 and Day 7 of isolation you return a negative LFD Test result, and you do not have a high temperature, you can end your isolation after the second negative test result.  You must record the LFD Results after taking each test.

What happens if I test negative?

You will continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus.​

To protect yourself and others, you must remember: Hands. Face. Space.

  • Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home - use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Space – stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.

What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?

DO NOT come to Campus if you have coronavirus symptoms - high temperature, continuous cough or loss of / change in taste or smell. Free symptomatic testing continues to be available to everyone. These tests are not available at SERC . Please book a PCR test if you have symptoms of coronavirus by calling 0300 303 2713 in Northern Ireland or visit

Where do I collect a Lateral Flow Test?

Students, staff and visitors to SERC who wish to take part in this testing programme can collect test kits at the designated collection point at our main campuses in:

  • Bangor - Beside the canteen on the ground floor
  • Downpatrick – Reception area
  • Lisburn – Main Reception on B floor 10-11 am and 4-5 pm
  • Newtownards - Learning Resource Centre

Staff and students can ask any member of G4S who will arrange for a test kit to be distributed to them.

Kits can be collected between 8.30 am and 12 noon and 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm for evening class students. (These times may be revised depending on demand). You will need to take the test kits home to perform the test.​

Separate arrangements are being made to distribute testing kits to students and staff at smaller campuses. Please contact your line manager for further information.

If you need to contact someone about LFD testing email or by phone 0345 600 7555.

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