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Covid-19 testing for those with symptoms

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, you should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared, and Book a Covid-19 test.

There are different ways in which you can get tested. These are:

Local testing sites (LTS)

Local testing sites are walk-through and are the most accessible testing channel for students. The number of walk-through sites is changing regularly so please check Leicester City Council’s coronavirus website and the ‘Get Tested’ section for the latest list of walk-in testing sites in the city.

Site locations are identified by local authorities on the basis of locally identified need. Walk-through test sites are the preferred testing channel option for students due to their improved accessibility and fast turnaround of test results.

Home testing

On the coronavirus test booking page, you are able to order a home test kit that is delivered to your door for you to test yourself without leaving your accommodation. This is a swab test which needs to be taken within the first five days of developing any of the three main Covid-19 symptoms. The turnaround times for home testing are not as fast as for local, regional or mobile testing sites, so we recommend using these other channels wherever possible.

Students who are without a credit footprint and are therefore unable to order a home test online can instead call 119 to order over the phone. See below for some useful resources:

Regional testing sites

A network of drive-through regional test sites have been established nationally. We recognise that many students do not have their own transport and may be new to their area’s public transport network. However, drive-through sites are a suitable option for those who live locally or work at the university. Please check Leicester City Council’s coronavirus website and the ‘Get Tested’ section for the latest list of drive-through testing sites in the city.

What to do if you test positive

If you return a positive test, it is essential to continue self-isolating to prevent transmitting the virus to other people. You must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from when you first developed symptoms – or longer if you still have a high temperature.

Please follow DMU’s reporting process flow.

However, if coronavirus symptoms get worse it is important that you seek medical attention. Other members of your household must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset. There is guidance on the NHS website.

How you'll be contacted

You'll be contacted by email, text or phone (the NHS will try several times over a 72 hour period if there is no response).

Text messages will come from NHStracing. Calls will come from 0300 0135000.

More information on how you’ll be contacted is available.  

Contact Tracing

NHS Test and Trace helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus. DMU Safe Trace complements this by collecting details and maintaining records of staff, students and visitors using our campus. This means that NHS Test and Trace can then contact people if, for instance, there is an outbreak linked to those premises and give them appropriate public health advice.

NHS Test and Trace asks anyone ordering a test to provide details of people who they have been in close contact with. A 'close contact' is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). This is any time from two days before the person was symptomatic up to seven days from the onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others). Close contact means:

  • having face-to-face contact with someone less than 1 metre away (this will include times where you have worn a face covering or a face mask)
  • having been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
  • travelling in a car or other small vehicle with someone (even on a short journey) or close to them on a plane
  • if you work in – or have recently visited – a setting with other people (for example, a GP surgery, a school or a workplace). The use of face masks and other forms PPE does not exclude somebody from being considered a close contact, unless they are providing direct care with patients or residents in a health and care setting

Further information is available in the guidance for people who have had close contact with someone who has coronavirus.

Covid-19 testing for those without symptoms (asymptomatic)

DMU is offering rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests for students and staff to help in the fight against Covid-19. Lateral flow tests can produce quick results and can be used to identify Covid-19 infection in those without symptoms. It is hoped that running these tests across a large population will result in faster detection of cases, and therefore more effective prevention of outbreaks.

Key points

  • Students and staff are requested to have two tests a week, the first and second test being 3 days apart (even if you've been fully vaccinated)
  • The tests are only for those with no symptoms
  • Tests must be booked in advance (see below)
  • Filling in the survey afterwards helps improve our process as it expands nationally
  • These tests are not suitable for those planning international travel, including arrival in the UK
  • Home testing kits are also available for collection from the Estates Development Building (as well as other local healthcare providers and pharmacies).

How does it work?

Students and staff can book appointments via MyDMU.

Testing will take place at the testing centre operating inside the Estates Development Building, on campus. Testing will be carried out there on weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

Appointments will need to be made beforehand to ensure social distancing can be maintained at all times.

What if I have more questions?

If you have more questions or difficulty booking a test at the Estates Development Building, please contact

Booking a test is simple and quick, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to MyDMU
  2. Click on the new ‘Covid Antigen Test’ tile
  3. Under ‘Select Location’, select De Montfort University
  4. You can then choose the date and time you would like to attend. You will be able to book up to seven days ahead
  5. You will be asked to enter your contact details and agree to the terms and conditions
  6. When your booking has been made successfully, it will be confirmed with an email and text message

You will receive reminders via email and text message 24 hours before your appointment.

Once on site you will be guided through the registration process by the NHS Test and Trace team or their representatives.

What to bring:

  • A form of student/staff ID
  • Your phone, tablet or laptop. If you do not have one of these then a staff member at the site will help you
  • A face covering or mask. You’ll need to:
      • Make sure it covers your mouth and nose
      • Wear it at all times except when your sample is taken. A staff member will tell you when you can take it off and put it back on again
  • If possible bring your personal alcohol hand rub as you will be required to clean your hands before testing
  • Please wear flat shoes for health and safety reasons

What to expect

  • You’ll need to follow social distancing by staying at least two metres from other people at the test site, including staff
  • Once on site, you’ll need to register your test online before you take the test. If you need help with this, please ask the site staff. They’ll help you while maintaining social distancing
  • The entire process should take no more than 15 minutes.

When do I get a result and what should I do if it’s positive?

Once you have had your test, you will receive your results within 24-48 hours. If you do test positive for Covid-19, you will need to self-isolate and inform DMU through It is recommended to confirm the test results using a PCR test, which are slightly more accurate. A PCR test is what is offered through the government's Covid-19 testing system.


Your feedback is vital

By taking part lateral flow testing, you are helping to stop the spread of the virus and protect other members of society. It is your views which will help shape and improve the testing as it develops.

As such, we would really appreciate it if, once you have had your test, you could fill out our short survey.

Alternatively, scan this QR code to access the survey:


NHS Test and Trace may also contact you and ask you to attend focus groups on your testing experience

DMU and NHS Test and Trace takes the protection of your privacy very seriously. To find out how your personal data will be used when you register for a coronavirus test read the Government’s coronavirus privacy note.

The aim of lateral flow testing is to make more tests available across the country and to yield faster results. If successful, the effect of this could be to stop outbreaks of Covid-19 before they happen. This is your chance to be part of what could be a real advance in the fight against the pandemic.

For more detail on how the testing works and what it means, see our frequently asked questions page.