Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tests

There are now a number of different tests for coronavirus.  We currently provide PCR swab tests and antibody tests.  

We do not provide antigen, LAMP or TMA testing at this time.

PCR Testing

 

We now provide a full range of PCR tests for outbound and inbound travel to and from the UK to meet all your testing needs.  We have managed to put together packages to provide a reduction on the test price.  We only provide tests to travel out of the UK in clinic or video guided to reduce the risk of inconclusive results.  Therefore, in clinic/self swab is an in clinic test to travel out of the UK with self swabs on return.

 

GREEN PACKAGE

 

This test package is for a mandatory Day 2 test on return to the UK from a GREEN rated county.

Prices: £115 self swab, £125 video guided, £130 in clinic    

GREEN PLUS PACKAGE

This test package is for travel to and from the UK for GREEN rated countries.  It consists of a test for travel out of the UK and also a mandatory Day 2 test on return to the UK.

Prices: £230 in clinic/self swab, £240 video guided, £250 in clinic   

 

AMBER PACKAGE

 

This test package is for travel to the UK for AMBER rated countries.  It consists of Day 2 and 8 mandatory quarantine tests on return to the UK.

Prices: £195 self swab, £220 video guided, £230 in clinic   

AMBER PACKAGE + TTR

This test package is for the AMBER package above plus a Day 5 Test to Release Test to enable release from quarantine early.

Prices: £305 self swab, £340 video guided, £355 in clinic   

 

AMBER PLUS PACKAGE

This test package is for the AMBER package above plus a test for travel out of the UK.  It consists of a test for travel out

of the UK and also a mandatory Day 2 and 8 tests on return to the UK.

Prices: £320 in clinic/self swab, £340 video guided, £355 in clinic   

 

 

AMBER PLUS PACKAGE + TTR

 

This test package is for the AMBER PLUS package above plus a Day 5 Test to Release Test to enable release from quarantine early.

Prices: £430 in clinic/self swab, £465 video guided, £485 in clinic   

SINGLE TESTS

 

We can provide any of the tests as a single test - Outbound travel (not available as self swab), Day 2, Day 8 or Test to Release.

Prices: £115 self swab, £125 video guided, £130 in clinic.   

 

FULLY VACCINATED AMBER ARRIVALS

This test package is for a mandatory Day 2 test on return to the UK from a Amber rated county for travellers that have been fully vaccinated or under 18s.

Prices: £115 self swab, £125 video guided, £130 in clinic.   

FULLY VACCINATED AMBER ARRIVALS PLUS

This test package is for travel to and from the UK for AMBER rated countries for travellers that have been fully vaccinated.  It consists of a test for travel out of the UK and also a mandatory Day 2 test on return to the UK.

Prices: £230 in clinic/self swab, £240 video guided, £250 in clinic

 

 

ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

 

5% off all test packages for bookings of 4 or more persons.

10% off all test packages for bookings of 10 or more persons.

We can also provide combinations of self/video guided/in clinic swabs to suit your needs.

POSTAGE COSTS TO RECEIVE TEST KITS

 

Standard Postage Charge (24 hour tracked) - £6

Next Day Special Delivery Pre 1pm - £8

Next Day Special Delivery Pre 9am - £25

Guaranteed Saturday Delivery Pre 1pm - £12

Guaranteed Saturday Delivery Pre 9am - £26

 

HOW IT WORKS

SINGLE TEST BOOKING (not Day 2 or 8):

 

IF YOU WANT TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR A SINGLE TEST YOU CAN DO THIS VIA THE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS.  JUST SELECT COVID-19 PCR TEST ONLINE BOOKING.  This will enable you to see all out available appointment days and times and you can book this directly. If the time you require is not available then Contact Us instead.

PACKAGE TEST BOOKING:

 

  1. Select the test package you require.

  2. Go to online bookings. 

  3. On Select a service for package bookings please select “COVID-19 Test Bookings”.

  4. Select the next available appointment (please note this is NOT an appointment but a booking request).  You will need to repeat this process for every traveller.

  5. After you have booked your appointment you will receive an email with a COVID-19 PCR Test Booking Form attached.  You MUST complete this form before we can move your booking forward.  The form will need to be completed WITHIN 24 hours.  If you do not complete the form in this time we will assume you no longer require our services and you will need to start the booking process again if you still wish to book a test.

  6. When we have received your form we will send you an invoice for payment.  The Department of Health and Social Care have stipulated that we cannot provide a Booking Reference Number until payment is received.  Payment can be made by BACS or over the telephone by card.

  7. When your payment has been received we will issue you with a booking reference number.

  8. We will also then make contact to book an appointments for any in clinic tests or video consultations you require and arrange delivery of any tests to be posted.

 

FAQs

 

What do I do if I have any questions about booking?

If you have any queries about our packages, tests or the booking process please send and enquiry on the website, email or call us instead.  We are happy to discuss our services with you and aim to return all calls within 24 hours.  At very busy times this may increase to up to 48 hours.

 

Can I book my package over the telephone?

 

Yes, you can book and pay for your test package over the telephone if you prefer.  You will still need to complete the COVID-19 PCR Test Booking Form.

 

What do I do if I need an urgent test and it is outside of reception hours?


Please submit an enquiry via our website or send us an email.  We monitor this 7 days a week outside of reception hours.

 

How can I pay for my test package?

 

You can pay by debit or credit card over the telephone, via BACS or via online payment through the invoice you will be sent.

 

What are the options for taking the test?

 

We only perform outbound tests in the clinic or via video consultation.  This improves accuracy and therefore helps to prevent delays to travel due to inconclusive results, although cannot be 100% guaranteed.  It also allows us to certify the person who is having the test and the date and time it was taken.  We do allow a self swab option for tests taken on entry into the UK.

 

What test do you perform?

 

Our laboratories perform a RT-PCR Test.  This test is a swab taken from the nose and throat and is a test to establish if you currently have the COVID-19 virus.  

 

Will the test be painful?

 

No, the test may be uncomfortable and may make you cough, gag or sneeze but is not painful.

 

Do you get any inconclusive results?

 

Yes, inconclusive results are rare but possible.  The best way to avoid this is to take a good sample.  We therefore offer in-clinic or video consultations to assist with this.

 

Will my test be repeated if it is inconclusive?

 

Yes we will provide another test, with no additional charge, if your test is inconclusive.

 

How long does it take to get my results?

 

Tests taken before 2pm are couriered to the laboratory overnight.  They arrive in the laboratory the next morning.  When the tests are registered in the lab they then have up to 24 hours to provide a result.  

 

Results are usually available in the evening the day AFTER you have the test done.  However at times it may take up until the following morning for them to be available (within 48 hours).  Results are GUARANTEED within 48 hours of when you have the test taken at the clinic or return the test to the clinic as long as it is BEFORE 2pm.  The exception to this is Day 2 tests, which may take a little longer.

Are there any days that the tests cannot be performed?

 

No, we offer a service 7 days a week.  Our partner laboratory also process tests 7 days a week so results will be available within 48 hours of the test being taken.  This includes Bank Holidays.

 

How do I receive my results?

 

Results will be sent to you by email unless you have requested to collect a paper copy from the clinic.  We do however usually contact you by telephone if you have a positive result.

 

What do I do if I have not received my results?

 

Please check your junk/spam folder as the email has an attachment and often gets sent there.  If you have checked and still cannot locate it please call or email us.  Email is preferred outside of office hours.  

 

What guarantee do you offer?

 

We will refund the cost of your test if your results aren’t available within 48 hours of having the test performed.  The exception to this is Day 2 tests.  These can take an additional 48 hours if they have to go for genomic sequencing.

 

When should I do a test for travel out of the UK?


This will depend on the requirements for the country you are travelling too.  This information is available on the FCO website.  We are happy to offer advice about this also.

 

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

 

When should I do a Day 2 test?

 

The Day 2 test can be performed ON or BEFORE day 2.  Therefore you can do this test any day after your return to the UK but it MUST be done on Day 2 at the latest.  Your return day is day 0.

 

When can I do a Day 5 test (test to release)?

 

This test must be performed ON or AFTER day 5.  If you opt to receive a test in the post it cannot be sent until Day 4.  If you plan to collect this test from the clinic for self swab or video consultation you will not be able to do this until Day 5.

 

When should I do a Day 8 test?

 

The Day 8 test can be performed ON or AFTER day 8.  If you opt to receive a test in the post it cannot be sent until Day 7.  If you plan to collect this test from the clinic for self swab or video consultation you will not be able to do this until Day 8.

 

Why are PCR tests so expensive?

 

PCR tests require couriering and processing in a laboratory.  Most of the cost of these tests is due to the high costs associated with this.  We aim to keep prices as low as we can for our clients. 

 

Are there any other tests available?

 

Currently we can only provide PCR testing.  Some countries will accept antigen tests but we cannot provide these at present.  We are working on this however and may be able to provide this in the future.  If you want an antigen test at present you will need to find another provider.  We do provide COVID-19 antibody blood testing but this is generally not required for travel and is a test for immunity.

 

Can I change my booking?


Yes, if your plans change we are happy to change any appointments that have been made with no additional fee.

 

What are the new rules as of 19th July?

If you arrive in the UK after 4am on 19th July and you have had both your COVID-19 vaccinations in the UK at least 14 days earlier you no longer need to quarantine on arrival or do the day 8 test (unless you are arriving from France currently).  You do still need to do the day 2 test which needs to be booked and paid for before you return so that a booking reference number can be issued.  

 

Under 18 year olds that are UK residents no longer have to isolate either, but all children 5 and over will also need to do a day 2 test (under 18 year olds arriving from France who are UK resident are also not included in this and will also need to follow the previous rules).

What is your cancellation policy?

 

Due to the new DHSC requirements for Day 2 and 8 Testing we now have to take payment in advance.  We therefore have made the decision to take pre-payment for all tests.  If you wish to cancel your booking with more than 24 hours notice we will refund your payment, but will charge a £15 administration fee.  If you cancel within 24 hours we reserve the right to charge you for that test but will refund the rest of the cost of your package if you have booked one.  If you are already in receipt of your test kits then these will be non-refundable.

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