What tests are available for Covid-19?
Tests to confirm illness. If you have symptoms and might have Covid-19, we can’t permit you to come to the clinic so we will offer you a PCR swab test to do AT HOME. You can either have it sent to you or have it collected from the clinic.
Our PCR swab test is manufactured by Abbott and analysed by The Doctors’ Laboratory. It is a nasal/throat swab test which will detect if you currently have an active infection. The Covid-19 incubation period ranges from 1 to 14 days, with most people showing symptoms at 3 to 5 days. Some of the most common symptoms include fever, tiredness, a dry cough and difficulty breathing. There are sometimes skin indications which you can learn about here.
Tests before travelling. You can choose between 2 tests. The Biosynex Rapid Antigen test, a Lateral Flow test, which is taken and processed at the clinic. Results are available within 15 minutes. You can learn about the Biosynex test here. Or you can have an Abbott PCR swab test at the clinic if you don’t have symptoms. Results are available within 2 to 3 days. Please remember to check the type of test required by your airline/destination.
Tests for immunity after Covid. You can have a blood test to check if you have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus. This test measures levels of IGg/IGm, indicating an immune response after exposure to the virus. We only offer the blood draw test at the clinic as it is more reliable than self finger prick test. The results are available within 24hrs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do the various tests cost?+
|PCR swab, whether at home or in clinic||£129|
|Rapid Antigen test (we offer packages for families)||£95 per person|
|Igg/IGm test for immunity||£125|
How do I get a PCR test?+
If you have symptoms, someone who does not live in your household can collect the test from our clinic in Kensington. This person must be able to confirm your full name, date of birth and postcode. You then take the test at home and send the kit in a prepaid package envelope to the laboratory.
Or we can send it to your home address. Please remember that it can take up to 2 days to receive the kit from the time you request it from us.
If you need a PCR test before travelling, we will offer you an appointment in the clinic and email your results as soon as they become available, usually within 2 or 3 days of taking the test.
What if I need a Doctor's certificate before travelling?+
We can also provide a certificate signed by a doctor at an additional fee of £25.
What does a positive result mean?+
It means you have a current active Covid-19 infection and need to self-isolate following Public Health England guidelines. It also means that you might be contacted by PHE as part of Test and Trace, as our laboratory is required to share your positive result with PHE.
How long will it take to get my results?+
PCR test results are usually available within 24 hours of reaching the laboratory. Rapid Antigen test results are usually available within 15/30 minutes.
Can I have the test if I have Covid-19 symptoms?+
Yes. We ask all patients about symptoms before confirming the test. You do not need to be referred by a doctor.