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Free NHS lateral-flow tests available at DMU for staff and students without symptoms

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 (asymptomatic). 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.

The lateral flow tests are for people without symptoms. Find out how to access a test if you're displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

Key points

  • Students and staff should have TWO tests as soon as they arrive back on campus this year
  • They should then continue to book TWO tests each week from then 
  • The tests are only for those with NO symptoms
  • Tests must be booked in advance (see below)
  • Visiting test centre for Covid-19 test is in line with national lockdown regulations
  • Filling in survey afterwards helps improve process as it expands nationally
  • These tests are not suitable for those planning international travel, including arrival in the UK

How does it work?

Students and staff can book appointments via MyDMU. 

Testing will take place at a new testing centre operating inside The Watershed, on Upperton Road. 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.

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.

Important: The lateral flow tests are only for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you get symptoms you’ll need to self-isolate and book a test you can take at home. See for more advice. Use 111 online or call 111 if you need medical help. In an emergency dial 999.

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


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.