Warwick University’s Test and Trace Service
Warwick University set up its own Test and Trace service on the 9th of September 2020, this service provides on-campus COVID-19 testing and tracing facilities to all staff and students. This service has been specifically tailored to Warwick University’s community and environment. It is open to all University staff and students via a booking system. As a result of this service, all Warwick students and staff will be able to:
- Complete a self-swab test on campus
- Receive their test results the next day, wherever possible
- Make use of a dedicated team of contact tracers who will manage all contact tracing
This Test and Trace center will operate 7 days a week, from 10 am – 4 pm. It will be situated in portable cabins at the small car park behind the Medical School Building on Gibbet Hill Campus.
Do note that this is an appointment-only service. If you are feeling unwell or have accessibility requirements that make it difficult to attend an appointment, test kits will be delivered to you. Attached below is a link that will bring you directly to the booking page for this Test and Trace service.
NHS COVID-19 APP
Warwick University’s Test and Trace service complements the NHS Test and Trace service, which can be accessed through the free NHS COVID-19 App. This app is now available to download in England and Wales, and it is one of the fastest ways to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. This app will:
- Alert you if you have been near other app users who have tested positive for Coronavirus
- Let you know the level of Coronavirus risk in your postcode district
- Alert you if you have visited a venue where you may have come into contact with Coronavirus
- Provide you with an accurate list of Coronavirus symptoms, so you can see if you should order a free test
- Help you book your test, and deliver your results
- Keep track of your self-isolation countdown
- Allow you to access relevant advice
Worried about the privacy of your data if you download this app?
If data privacy is an issue that has been preventing you from downloading this app, let it be one no more. Despite downloading the NHS COVID-19 app, it will still always be your choice to use the app to share data with the NHS. You will only need to enter the first part of your postcode, once you have done this, you can:
- Choose to use, or not use the app features independently
- Use parts of the app without sharing any data at all
- Choose to delete the app at any time
The data collected by the app is stored on your phone, no one will be able to see or use this data unless you choose to submit it.
For contact tracing to work, the NHS COVID-19 app uses technology developed by Apple and Google called ‘exposure notification’ and ‘exposure logging’. This technology allows the app to send you alerts when you have been near another app user who tests positive for Coronavirus. The app uses the strength of the Bluetooth signal to determine how near app users are to each other. If you have tested positive for Coronavirus, you will be asked if you want to share this data. Even if you choose to share this data, the app will never disclose your identity. Your data simply allows NHS to alert other app users that they are at risk of Coronavirus because they have spent time near someone who has tested positive for the virus.
The Test and Trace services provided by the NHS and Warwick University have been created with the intention of slowing down the spread of Coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.
Listed below are some helpful weblinks that will hopefully answer any queries you may have about the test and trace services within the UK!