Helping keep us all safe

Students and staff at City of Glasgow College are being offered free Lateral Flow testing for Coronavirus.

From Tuesday 4 May, students and staff can collect a supply of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits to use at home.

Part of a package of Coronavirus risk reduction mitigations which the College has in place, the tests are designed to identify people who carry the virus but are not displaying Covid-19 symptoms.

Dr Sheila Lodge, Depute Principal of City of Glasgow College, said:

“The health and safety of our staff and students continues to be our top priority. The LFD test kits are a reassuring initiative, providing a further layer of protection against the transmission of Covid-19.

“Testing is, of course, voluntary. No-one will be prevented from coming into college if they do not wish to participate. However, we are strongly encouraging all students and staff to take part wherever possible, in order to contribute to the wellbeing of our community.”

The LFD test kits are being supplied by the Scottish Government who require confirmation of consent to participate. When collecting the test kits, individuals will be asked to read and sign an electronic consent form.

Those who test positive should remain at home and arrange for a PCR test at a local testing centre. PCR tests are more sensitive, and can confirm a diagnosis of Covid-19 or show that the LFD test gave a false positive. Comprehensive instructions will be provided with the kits and this useful video shows how to carry out the test.

Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate and book a PCR test at the earliest opportunity. You should not come into college unless you receive a negative PCR test result. People with symptoms must not rely on a negative LFD result to continue to attend college.

The LFD test kits are available for all students enrolled at City of Glasgow College, and all members of staff. Further information is available on the college website.