Over the past year, Ulster University has been providing vital public services where possible, to help in the fight against coronavirus. The Coleraine campus has been home to a walk-in Covid-19 testing site, that was introduced in September 2020 for both students and members of the public.
The testing site was originally mobile and was split equally between the Magee and Coleraine campuses to allow students, staff and members of the community to avail of the walk-in testing facilities. However, shortly after the mobile testing unit was introduced, cases began to increase, and the university responded to the increased demand by working closely with the PHA to introduce permanent testing sites on both campuses.
As a mark of thanks to not only the university, but also to the community, a staff member working at the COVID testing centre on the Coleraine campus planted a tree , in recognition of the university’s support throughout the pandemic.
Professor Karise Hutchinson, Provost of the Coleraine campus, commented:
“On behalf of the university, I would like to say that it is an honour to be able to serve the community and to provide vital services in the fight against COVID-19. It is also great to receive recognition for the hard work that our staff have been undertaking, organising and liaising with the PHA and relevant bodies to continue to support the public.
The tree has been planted in one of the campus Arboretum areas, where a number of other historic trees have been planted such as the one by Prince Charles to mark 50 years celebrations of the campus and the Monkey Puzzle tree for the Millennium celebrations. This is a special way to mark the significance of the services the University provides to the local community.”
The testing sites are still operational 5 days a week on both the Coleraine and Magee campuses.
Claire, a recent service user of the testing site, said:
“I couldn’t fault the Coleraine Campus Covid Test Centre. I was able to book a testing slot for the same day and when I arrived the whole operation was super slick. I was quite anxious about being tested and made a mistake during the test. The team couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly and offered to stay with me to talk me through the test. I was in and out in less than 10minutes and everything felt very safe, well organised and clean.”
Find out more about On-Campus Asymptomatic Testing and how to book a test at this link.