After your test
Your lateral flow test has three possible outcomes: positive, negative and invalid.
If you test negative, remember that this is only valid at the time of your test. You must still continue to follow current Covid restrictions and guidance.
If you receive a positive result, you should take a PCR test to confirm it. Get your PCR test on the same day or as soon as possible afterwards. You can arrange a Covid PCR test on gov.uk.
You and your household should self-isolate immediately and follow NHS guidance. You must stay in isolation for 10 days, but you can stop isolating if your PCR test result is negative.
Check our self-isolation pages for advice and support from the University.
Invalid test results are rare. If you get one, take another lateral flow test as soon as possible.
If you receive a second invalid result, arrange a PCR Covid test.
Track and trace
Whatever your result, you will need to report it to the NHS via the NHS app. Instructions are included in the home-testing kits.
If you receive a positive result, you will also need to report it to the University.
If you are returning to Sheffield from overseas, check the FCO travel advice pages and follow the guidance for quarantine and completing a passenger locator form before you return.