A PCR test looks for the presence of the RNA of the virus itself. This means that it will pick up the presence of the actual virus in the nose and throat. It is 100% accurate and will be able to confirm whether anyone with symptoms has the virus. It will also pick up whether the virus is present for people who have been exposed but are not showing any symptoms as yet. So long as there are viruses present on the swab the laboratory receives it will be reported "virus detected". This is a more expensive test as it requires more technical expertise than the antibody tests.
This test is also performed in our CQC accredited laboratory with an experienced team of laboratory scientists and technicians.
We will ship you our easy to use home sample collection kit right away.
When you receive it open the package read the instructions carefully.
The test is better done by someone who has experience in swabbing throats and noses but in the current extraordinary times this may not be possible. You can watch a video on how to take a swab yourself.
If you can, you should consider driving to us and having your swab taken by a trained professional but if you have to do it yourself this is what you need to do. First carefully read the introduction letter and instructions, and register your kit. There is more detail than this but simply put, twist open the swab and remove it without touching the soft tip. While standing in front of a mirror, insert the swab into the back of your throat and firmly swab your tonsils and either side of the throat, avoiding your tongue. Then put the swab into one nostril and twirl for a few seconds. Put the swab back into the tube it came in a press it closed. Place the closed swab, along with your completed test request form into the prepaid envelope provided, seal and post as soon as possible from any royal mail postal point.
Your results will be ready within 1 - 2 days after arriving at our laboratory.
We will share your results with you via a portal which we will email to you as soon as they are available. The advice as to what to do if you either infected or not is continually being updated by the NHS here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. If you are feeling unwell please go straight to https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/ where you will find what to do next.
If you do return a positive result the laboratory is legally bound to let Public Health England know as it is notifiable disease.
Free Delivery - We will ship you a pack for you to take a swab and return it in the freepost enclosed packaging. We send all our mail with tracked return.
Same Day Courier - If you live within the M25 we have an option of sending a courier with a test pack the same day, he/she will wait for you to perform the test and bike it back to our laboratory. This ensures your sample does not get lost in the post. Please call or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Drive-Thru - You can book an appointment at our laboratory in London SW9. Please call or email email@example.com to make arrangements. Simply drive up and we will come out and take your swab using our clinicians. We will be adding more locations shortly.