After your Covid-19 test

Your Covid-19 test has three possible outcomes: positive, negative and invalid. This page explains what to do in each instance.

Negative results 

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.

Contact with people who tested positive 

If you test negative but are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days.

Positive results

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

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.

Hallam track and trace 

The NHS will not share test results with us, so please report positive results using our Covid reporting form. This enables us to offer support where needed, and help us identify people you may have come into contact with at Hallam.

Invalid results

Invalid test results are rare. If you receive one, you should try to book another appointment with us as soon as possible. 

If you receive a second invalid result you will need to arrange a PCR Covid test through the NHS.

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