Programme run in partnership with Universities, the Scottish Government and NHS Test and Protect

Date posted

30 November 2020


Edinburgh Napier students today took advantage of the opening of asymptomatic testing sites for students backed by the UK Government.

The programme supports students leaving their term- time accommodation to travel home at the end of term for the winter break and protects the wider community.

Student takes asymptomatic Covid-19 test under supervision by masked helper

Asymptomatic testing sites (ATS) featuring lateral flow tests launched at two University Of Edinburgh locations as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase the availability of mass testing.

The test centre is also open to Edinburgh Napier students, as well as those attending Queen Margaret University and SRUC.

In addition to limiting social mixing for two weeks prior to going home, the testing will help to break the chain of transmission amongst students, especially when they are infected but are not aware of it, and help to ensure the safety of their loved ones.

The University of Edinburgh is working with NHS Test & Protect to set up on-campus ATS facilities so that students who intend to move household over the winter break, and are without symptoms, are able to get tested and asked to self-isolate if they do test positive, or reassured quickly if they are not.

From today, testing is available at two University of Edinburgh premises: the Pleasance Sport Complex and the Main Games Hall at St Leonard’s Land on Holyrood Road.

The centre is open between Monday 30 November and Wednesday 9 December, from 10:00am until 8pm.