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Birmingham residents are being offered Lateral Flow Testing for COVID-19. These tests are used to identify people who may have no symptoms of COVID-19 but are infectious. Anybody in Birmingham can access testing at a walk-in testing facility, through the home ordering service, or through educational settings and workplaces. We are interested in your views about Lateral Flow Testing. We hope to use the results of this survey to improve public information and resources regarding Lateral Flow Testing. Please click on 'More info' below for information about participating in this survey.

Background Information: What is this research about?

COVID-19 has been circulating in England since early 2020. In England, the government has made tests available so people can find out if they have COVID-19. There are different types of tests. Some tests (for people with symptoms of COVID-19) are sent to a laboratory, and you get your results a day or so later, these are called PCR tests. A second type are called Lateral Flow Tests for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, and these give you your results much more quickly.

Lateral Flow Tests

For a Lateral flow test (LFT) you put a swab up your nose or in your mouth, move it around and add the swab to a tube of liquid. You then put a few drops of the liquid on a test strip. In 30 minutes the test will give you a result. LFTs are available at walk in centres across Birmingham such as the Hippodrome Theatre, in schools, universities, some workplaces and at home. LFTs are for people who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

What research are we doing and why?

Some people with no COVID-19 symptoms use LFTs and some do not. The University of Birmingham are researching why this might be. We are interested in what people understand about LFT tests, why people choose to take an LFT test or not and how people behave after they get their results. We hope that information gained via this research will help improve lateral flow testing in Birmingham.  

What do I need to do?

We will be asking people to complete an online survey about their experiences with LFTs. This should take about 5-10 minutes. The answers you provide will be used anonymously (without anyone knowing who gave which answers).

As part of this survey we will ask if you would like to take part in a short telephone interview. If you decide to complete the survey, you do not have to agree to a telephone interview, it is completely up to you. 

If you would prefer not to take part in this survey this will not affect your access to LFT testing or any other health services. If you would like to stop taking part in this research you can do so at any time without having to give any reason.

How will we take care of the data you give us?

Your answers to this survey will be held securely at the University of Birmingham. Any contact info you provide will also be held securely according to data protection regulations. 

Will I find out the results of this research?

After we have analysed the data from the surveys and interviews we will make a summary available online.  You will also be given the option to provide an e-mail address to which we will send a summary of the findings in due course.

Further support

If you have been affected by any of this issues discussed in this research project or are struggling in any way due to COVID-19, you may find the information available via the links below helpful.

Support available to residents of Birmingham:

How to access support:

Well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Further information

If you would like to ask any further questions please email the research team at


If you are interested in participating in this survey, please read the following statements and indicate whether you would like to participate in the survey.

1. I confirm that I have read and understood the Participant Information for this survey. I have had the opportunity to consider the information, ask questions, and have had these answered satisfactorily.

2. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving any reason, and without my rights being affected. I understand that data collected up to my time of withdrawal may be used.

3. I understand that my information will be held in accordance with current data protection regulations.

4. I agree for the data I provide to be archived at the University of Birmingham. I understand that other authorised researchers will have access to this data only if they agree to preserve the confidentiality of the information as outlined in this form.

5. The information I have submitted will be published anonymously.

6. I confirm that I am 18 years old or above.

7. I agree to take part in this survey.

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