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COVID-19 saliva testing for staff

As staff of the University of Southampton you should test regularly if you are accessing any of the University campuses, shared facilities or halls of residence.

This is to ensure we maintain a COVID-secure University, helping to keep everyone safe from infection.

Please follow the information below about how to take part in testing as a member of staff.

Opt in to the COVID-19 saliva testing programme

Joining the testing programme

If you are eligible to participate in this phase of the Programme, you will receive an invitation to take part either by email or as a printed document from your line manager. To opt in to the Programme, you will need to follow the instructions in your invitation to complete a Microsoft form online.

When to take your test

Once you opt in to the Programme, a test pack and label sheet will be sent to your home address. You’ll then receive a text message to let you know when to take your first test.

Your test should be taken first thing in the morning, then returned to one of the drop-off points listed below as soon as possible.

We’ll let you know when it’s time to take your next test by sending you a text message.

Drop-off points

Please return your sample to one of the locations below before 3.30pm.

  • Large grey temporary building (38P) (near the Students' Union building), Southampton, SO17 1BJ (open 8am to 6pm every day)
  • Mayflower Halls courtyard, Southampton, SO15 1DP (gates are open by 8am every day)
  • Reception, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, SO23 8DL (open 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, not open at the weekend)
  • Main reception, Building 65, Avenue Campus, Southampton, SO17 1BF (open 8am to 3pm, University ID card required to access building)
  • Reception, Building 176, Boldrewood Campus, Southampton, S016 7QF (open 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday, University ID card required to access building, not open at the weekend)
  • Outside Health Services Library, MP883 (close to the Amazon Lockers), Level A, South Academic Block, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD (this drop-off point is always accessible)
  • If you are travelling to the NOCS site for work, you can also drop off your sample outside Lab M, Northwing Level 1, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, SO14 3ZH (open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, University ID card with NOCS access required)

Please remember to practise social distancing when dropping off your sample.

Test results

Your test results will be sent to you by a text message from the NHS within 48 hours. Participants who test positive for coronavirus will also be contacted by email, text or phone by the NHS Test and Trace service. Find out more about test results.

If you need to self-isolate

If you need to self-isolate following the results of a coronavirus test and cannot attend work or continue working from home, you will need to inform the University of your absence following the steps below:

  1. Inform your line manager as soon as possible
  2. Record your absence on MyHR dashboard

If completing the Absence Reporting Form or calling the Absence Reporting hotline, you will need your staff ID number to hand, which you can find on your University ID card.

Important: Keeping your details up to date

To take part in regular testing, it is vital that you let us know if you change your mobile phone number, so that you can continue to receive requests for testing as well as your test results.

To do this, you must contact the customer services team on freephone 0808 196 2282. You must also update your phone number on the University’s MyHR dashboard.

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