Coronavirus PCR swab test
Do you want confirmation that you are not currently infected with COVID-19?
Are you visiting family members and want to make sure you do not pose a risk?
Are you returning to work or education and have been requested to have a test?
If you are taking this test to confirm an absence of a COVID-19 infection for travel purposes, we cannot guarantee you will receive your results before your date of departure. We do not provide certificates indicating fit for travel with this test.
The Coronavirus PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test is a swab test that detects the presence of the genetic material in coronavirus called RNA, indicating a current COVID-19 infection. This throat and nose swab can be performed by an individual on themselves. The sample is then analysed at an accredited laboratory and results are typically available within 48 hours of the sample being received.
The result will either show COVID-19 RNA is ‘detected’ or ‘not detected’.
The laboratory is required to inform Public Health England of all positive Coronavirus PCR results in accordance with the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010.Public Health England may request us to provide your contact details to them so that they can contact you to arrange testing of people that you have been in contact with.
IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS THAT MAY BE RELATED TO COVID-19 INCLUDING HIGH TEMPERATURE, NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH,SHORTNESS OF BREATH, OR LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO CALL 111 FOR FURTHER ADVICE
How to request a test
Please note you must be at least 18 years old to purchase a test kit and to provide a sample for testing
You do not need to visit the clinic to obtain your home test kit
Your name, address, date of birth, mobile telephone number and email address
IMPORTANT-POSTING YOUR SAMPLE TO THE LAB
Royal Mail is not accepting any Covid-19 samples at post office counters or non-priority postboxes. All samples must be posted in a priority postbox.
This is because the postal workers collecting from prioty postboxes have the proper PPE in order to safely handle the samples. Your return envelope will have a sticker identifying it as a Covid-19 sample. These postboxes are clearly labelled.
You can find your nearest priority postbox on the Royal Mail website.
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