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Symptoms and testing


The most prevalent symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature? You might feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 
  • A new, continuous cough? This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or 4 more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 
  • Or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste? This means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal. 

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate immediately and follow the NHS stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

You should book a PCR (details below) as soon as possible to confirm if you do have Covid-19 and if you test positive, continue to isolate for 10 full days from the date of your first symptoms.

You should let your line manager know the outcome of any test and confirm any close work contacts with them. Only if you test negative and you no longer have symptoms will you be able to return to the workplace before the end of the self-isolation period.

Test results and actions

Staff members are encouraged to take twice weekly Lateral Flow tests and upload the results to the government website before coming on to campus.  

The university will not be providing test kits but you can obtain rapid lateral flow tests from local pharmacies or online.

You can also have a supervised test at a test centre organised by Liverpool City Council.

You must report your Lateral Flow Test result on the Government website (Use the ‘LFD’ entry when choosing the organisation)

If you have:

  • A negative test result – return to study and/or work if you feel ok to do so
  • A positive test result - You should stay at home, self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test as soon as possible. If the PCR test is positive, you should follow the NHS stay at home guidance regarding self-isolation. Your self-isolation period includes from the day the symptoms started or the day you had the test if you did not have symptoms, and the next 10 full days. When your isolation has finished and you are feeling well and not showing any symptoms you can then return to work/study.

If your PCR test is negative (and you have had this test within 2 days of your positive rapid lateral flow test), you can return to work as long as you have no symptoms.

You should let your line manager know the outcome of any test. If your negative PCR test is more than 2 days after your positive lateral flow test, you will still be required to self-isolate for the full period advised.

You must also record your positive Covid test result on Staff Infobase

You should upload the test result in Staff Infobase via Employee Self Service using the instructions below:

  • LJMU Employee Self Service / Upload Covid Test
  • Click the Calendar button and choose date the test was issued
  • Click in the ‘File’ button then click ‘Browse’, you can then choose the correct file & click ‘Open’, this attaches the document and then click ‘Submit’

If you are unwell and are unable to upload your test result, your line manager can do this on your behalf in LJMU Manager Self-Service via “Documents of Record”.

Further information is available in the HR FAQ.

Booking a COVID-19 test

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can book a test quickly and easily at the University’s COVID test centre on the University of Liverpool campus or via the NHS.

It is open 11am – 3pm every day. The tests will be conducted using self-swabbing and you will be supported by Brownlow Medical Group staff who will provide information and guidance on site.

Test results are being processed by Liverpool Clinical Laboratories and will be available by text message within 24 – 72 hours.

Testing is being provided for staff and students to enhance local NHS testing capacity and results will automatically feed through to your GP and Public Health England, as well as to LJMU.

Access the booking form

Please be aware that the COVID-19 testing is hosted by the University of Liverpool, do not call the numbers listed on their website for assistance.

If you have difficulties booking online because of a disability, you can book a test by calling 0151 231 3668.  

You will need your staff or student ID number handy in the booking process.

Try to make a list of everyone you have been in close contact within the 48 hours before your symptoms started. This will be really important for containing the spread of the virus if you test positive. A contact is defined as anybody who you have been in contact with for one minute or longer and within a distance of a metre or less, or for 15 minutes or longer and within a distance of two metres. 

You will find the COVID Test Centre opposite building 502 next to the Peach Street car park, see grid E6 on the University of Liverpool campus map.