Lateral Flow Testing


Free lateral flow test kits for home use

Inverness College UHI is working with the Scottish Government to provide free, rapid COVID-19 lateral-flow testing kits for all students and staff coming onto campus. This is part of a package of measures being put in place to reduce the risk of further virus transmission.  

The testing kits are voluntary; however, we strongly encourage staff and students who are attending our college buildings to participate. Regular testing of staff and students coming onto campus will help reduce the risks of outbreaks on campus and in our communities.

The test is also an effective way of screening people who may just be positive or spreading the virus without symptoms.

The home testing kits are for staff and students not showing signs of COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should not come onto campus, but self-isolate and book the normal PCR test via your local testing centre.

Kits will be available from our main Inverness College UHI campus shop area on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am to 1pm.  

For staff and students at the Scottish School of Forestry, kits can be collected from the reception window on a Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am to 11am.

No pre-booking is required.

From Monday 28th June and throughout the summer, kits will be available from the reception at our main Inverness College UHI campus only. Staff and students should email in advance to arrange collection. 

What does a lateral flow test involve? content

What does a lateral flow test involve?

The test involves taking a swab from your mouth and nose. The process takes a few minutes.

The tests do not require laboratory processing and can provide a quick result in 30 minutes. 

Watch this video for more information:

Who can take part? content

Who can take part?

Who can take part?

Lateral flow testing at home is available to all staff and students regularly accessing our campus buildings. This also includes ELCC staff. Staff and students working remotely are not eligible to participate in this testing scheme. It is intended for those not showing symptoms of COVID-19. If you have previously tested positive for Covid-19, you should not take a test unless your previous positive test was more than 90 days ago. 

How does it work? content

How does it work?

How does it work?

The College has been provided with home-testing kits by the Scottish Government and UK Department of Health and Social Care. 

Staff and students who choose to participate will be given a supply of test kits to use at home, together with instructions for use. 

When you collect your test kit, we will ask you for some personal data. This Privacy Notice explains how we will use that data.

If you decide to participate, you are required to submit the test result of your self-administers lateral flow test – whether positive, negative or void – to the Department of Health and Social Care via this link:  

This Privacy Notice explains how the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS National Services Scotland and Public Health Scotland will use your personal data.

Staff and students should test regularly at home, twice a week (ideally test three days apart on either the day before/or the morning before coming into College).

People with symptoms must not rely on a negative test result to continue to attend college with COVID-19 symptoms, nor must a negative test result be taken as leave to relax or ignore physical distancing or other measures intended to reduce transmission.  

How do I collect a testing kit? content

How do I collect a testing kit?

How do I collect a testing kit?

Kits will be available from our main Inverness College UHI campus shop area from 17th May 2021, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 2pm.

Please ensure physical distancing in the shop and use the one-way system when collecting. 

The kits will also be available from the Scottish School of Forestry reception from 18th May, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am to 11am.

Staff and students should bring their identification card with them.  

Each kit contains seven home tests. Staff and students will be given three kit boxes at a time.

Positive test - what to do next content

Positive test - what to do next

Positive test - what to do next

Any staff or student member who records a positive test must: 

  • Register their result with: This will initiate NHS Scotland contract tracing.
  • Immediately begin self-isolation at home.
  • Book a PCR test via your local testing centre to confirm your results. 
  • Inform the College of your positive test result and absence. Students should notify email, providing your student number. Please also remember to report your absence through the normal reporting procedure. Staff should inform their line manager. 
  • Staff and students should remain in self-isolation until they receive the results of their PCR test. You should follow the advice of NHS Scotland and keep in touch with the College.