Lateral Flow Device Testing

Lateral Flow Testing now available at SWC

With more students returning to campus for face-to-face learning, the College has introduced Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing. This will involve offering twice weekly LFD testing to all students and staff currently attending College campuses.

Why test?

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this in South West College by carrying out Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart. Lateral Flow Testing will be available at the College from Monday 10 May 2021 and we are inviting staff and students to take part.

The importance of testing

The ultimate aim of testing is to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. As many as one in three people with COVID-19 show no signs of having it, that is they are ‘asymptomatic’. Testing helps us to identify and isolate more asymptomatic people who test positive and are therefore, more likely to spread the virus, at the same time as minimising disruption for those who test negative.

We recently witnessed how the piloting of lateral flow testing has allowed the World Snooker Championship and the mask-free Liverpool indoor party to proceed.

We know the disruption of lockdowns has been difficult for all staff & students. This initiative is a partnership with DHSC/NHS, Department of the Economy & NI Further Education Colleges to help us move towards a full and safe return to work and learning for all our staff and students.

Taking test kits home

  • You will be able to collect your home test kits from college.
  • You should take your tests twice weekly before coming onto campus.
  • You will be given a pack of 7 tests in a box with a separate leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.
  • Are due back on campus for working or studying

Taking the test

You should take the test two times every week. Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to college. Preferably, this would be in the morning before going onto campus. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before attending college, if needed.

You need to report each test result

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website.

You will also need to tell South West College the result of each test by texting the COVID Supervisor on your campus.

Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.

This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test at a testing centre and follow national guidelines.

How to take part

If you would like to take part, please text or email the COVID Supervisor at your campus on the contact details provided below. Please include your full name in the text message.
Cookstown Mary O’Neill Tel: 078 1851 0187 mary.o'
Dungannon Jacqueline Convery Tel: 079 1751 6178
Enniskillen Shauna Moynagh Tel: 079 1751 6182
Omagh Pamela Corrigan Tel: 079 1751 6183
Technology & Skills Centre Louise Higgins Tel: 079 1751 6179

Can I take the test myself?

Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it. Students under age 18 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the student to take the test if they need support.