As well as the physical measures in place, a key part of our outbreak prevention and control plan involves early awareness of any symptoms, and supporting our community to promptly and closely follow government regulations.
This page includes information on what staff and students should do if they experience COVID-19 symptoms.
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should take the following steps as promptly as possible:
- ISOLATE yourself from others
- NOTIFY the University
- Book a TEST
If you think another student or member of staff might have symptoms, you should encourage them to do the same.
Government guidance mandates that anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, or anyone who has received a positive test result, must self-isolate for at least 10 days and for as long as they still have a high temperature.
If you're a student living in a hall you will have been allocated a 'household'. In the event that one member of a staff or student household (whether in halls, private shared accommodation or other) experiences symptoms or has a positive COVID-19 test (either a University Test or an official Government test), all members of that household must self-isolate for 14 days.
Completing the reporting form or using the helpline sends an automated alert through to the relevant support teams. This means we can take prompt action to request any additional cleaning, notify household members and provide support. This also means we will have early awareness of possible and confirmed cases, and can put in place additional measures if needed.
If you are worried that someone else has COVID-19, you should encourage them to self-isolate and notify us.
If you have the symptoms of COVID-19, you should book a free test through the gov.uk website.
There are a number of ways to get a test:
- We have a walk-up local testing site on University Park Campus, which is located in the grounds of the visitor car park (near number 18 on this map). Slots are bookable via the gov.uk website, are subject to national testing capacity and available to those with symptoms and within walking distance. To access available slots at this testing site please make sure you answer NO when asked, do you or someone you live with have a car or small van? Please do not use public transport to access a walk-up testing site, you must be within walking or cycling distance of the site
- You are also able to book available slots at all national drive-through testing sites. Please do not share a car with others in order to access a drive-in testing facility
- You can also request a home testing kit via the gov.uk website
- If you live on the Sutton Bonington Campus, have COVID-19 symptoms, do not drive and are not able to access a test, please report to the CLV reception and someone will be able to help
- If you’re struggling to access official government testing and have accessibility requirements please contact your hall team or email email@example.com and we will help
- If you’re taking part in a visit from the University of Nottingham’s Asymptomatic Testing Service to your hall of residence and receive a positive result, the Testing Service will provide a confirmatory self-swab home test-kit to your door the following day. All details will be confirmed by the Testing Service when they contact you to inform you of your result
You should continue isolating while waiting for your test results.
What will be happening in the background once I notify the University?
When a student or member of staff notifies us of a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19, various support measures are activated.
Support for self-isolating students in halls will be led by the hall manager. This will ensure meals are taken to the student's door, rooms are properly marked as 'no entry', and other household members are notified and supported to take appropriate measures.
Support for self-isolating students in private homes off campus will be led by the Off-Campus Affairs team. Students will be provided with packages containing some essential items to support them through the first few days of isolation. These packages will include hand sanitiser, toilet rolls, sanitary products for female students, a small food parcel and any relevant guidance leaflets or materials.
The student or staff member will be asked to provide details of where they have bee on campus and who they have been in contact with, in case additional cleaning or other measures are required. In the event of a positive test result, NHS Test and Trace have the responsibility of contacting all those who have been in close contact with the individual, supported by the UoN Incident Management Team.
Is it my responsibility to tell my class/colleagues if someone has experienced symptoms?
Unless you have been asked to do so by the Incident Management Team, it is not your responsibility to share information about potential cases. Sharing partial or incorrect information without including the right advice and guidance could lead to unnecessary worry.
In the event of a positive case, all those who need to take action will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, supported by the Incident Management Team.