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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tests

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tests by Abbott Laboratories

Available only to patients who have symptoms. 

We do not provide travel certificates.


This is a nasal/throat swab test which will tell you if you currently have an active infection. It is a self-test kit and comes with instructions on how to take your sample and return it to the laboratory.

The Covid-19 incubation period ranges from 1 to 14 days, with most people showing symptoms at 3 to 5 days. The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, a dry cough and difficulty breathing. There are sometimes skin indications which you can learn about here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get the test? Someone who does not live in your household can collect the swab 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 and send the kit in the prepaid package envelope to the laboratory. 

Alternatively, we can arrange for this to be sent to your home address. It can take up to 2 days to receive the kit from the time you request it from our clinic.

What does a positive result mean? It will tell you if you have a current active Covid-19 (Coronavirus) infection. 

How long will it take to get my results? Results are usually available within 48 hours of reaching the laboratory.

Can I have the test if I have Covid-19 (Coronavirus) symptoms? Yes. We ask all patients about symptoms before confirming the test. You do not need to be referred by a doctor.

How much is the test? £175