Covid-19 PCR Test: Self Testing Home Kit
PRICE: £69 (Including postage and Royal Mail Pre-paid Tracked 24 return envelope)
What is it?
This antigen test can be performed at home. Antigen tests detect viral RNA. This requires taking a swab from the nose and throat and then analyzing the specimen in the lab using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). You may see these tests referred to as PCR tests.
They aim to answer: do I carry coronavirus now?
How Long does it take to get my results?
Please read the instructions included with your kit extremely carefully. Send the test back by Royal Mail Pre-paid Tracked 24 return envelope (Included) to the address on the instructions, or by any courier service that will deliver a Category B sample. Once the laboratory receives the test, the results will be available in 24 hours.
Please send your results back securely in the packaging provided by placing them in a Royal Mail Priory post-box before Midday. To find your closest Priority post-box, please visit https://www.royalmail.com/services-near-you#/ PLEASE NOTE A SELECTED NUMBER OF PRIORITY POST BOX'S ARE COLLECTED ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY - PLEASE CHECK VIA THE WEBSITE.
Generally, we get 95% of results back to people in 24 hours. However, things such as capacity at the laboratory, Royal Mail Delays, and test re-runs can mean results take slightly longer. We are not liable for any other associated costs should your results be delayed.
** Important Notice **
Please note, the demand for this home testing kit clinical service is high. Your testing kit will generally arrive within 2 working days if you order from us before 3 PM. However, they will always arrive within 3 working days from the date of your order.
** We shall not be liable if the results of your test are not received before your scheduled travel arrangements and it is your responsibility to ensure that you book for the Services in advance of your scheduled travel arrangements to allow sufficient time to receive the results. Test results should normally be available within 72hrs of having the test.
As regulations might change and differ depending on the airline and destination, it is the patient's responsibility to check for the most up-to-date information. As well as speaking to the airline directly, valuable details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice **
We strongly advise:
Nothing can go in the mouth for at least 2 hours before testing, and this includes food, drinks, cigarettes, chewing gum, etc.
Mouthwash not to be used for 24 hours.
Nothing can go in the nose for at least 24 hours before testing, and this includes nasal medication, saline, hay fever sprays, cotton buds, etc.
All of the above can inhibit the sample and mean it needs to be retested or may not enable a conclusive result to be delivered.
Frequently asked questions
What is a Lateral Flow Test?
The UK government is using Lateral Flow Tests as a quick way to determine if someone is infected with COVID-19, particularly asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Our lateral flow test involves taking a nasal swab and processing it using a small device that comes with the kit. It looks for a specific antigen, which is an indicator of the presence of COVID-19. The short processing time of this test makes it ideally suited for frequent testing, such as for travelers or in workplaces and educational institutes.
What is Day 2 Lateral Flow Certificate?
A Day 2 certificate is generated and supplied if the test result is negative. The Day 2 certificate includes your name, date of the results, passport number, date of birth, name of the test, and your test result, among other details that can be presented to authorities. It is signed by our lab's specialist.
How long does it take to get the result of a Lateral Flow Test?
Our Lateral Flow Test takes no more than 15 to 30 minutes to provide the results. This is the amount of time it takes after you have taken the swab sample and finished the rest of the process.