• COVID-19 PCR TEST
    £149
    Please call 0345 230 3386 to purchase a Home Collection Kit and arrange to collect it from us

About Coronavirus COVID-19 PCR Tests

Test to See if You Have the Virus NOW

  • We offer a ‘purchase and collection from us’ service for COVID-19 PCR Home Collection Tests. Please call us on 0345 230 3386 to purchase and arrange a time to collect your kit.
  • This test is provided by a company called ‘Everything Genetic’ together with the Nonacus Laboratory in Birmingham. It is not a home DIY kit – you will send your sample in the pre-paid envelope provided in your kit and it will be analysed by the laboratory. You will get your results by email from Everything Genetic. Please note that Innermost Healthcare does not provide either the testing service or the results.
  • The test will show if the virus that causes COVID-19 is present in your nose and throat at the time of testing. It does not test for antibodies and cannot confirm if you have had the virus in the past. The test involves taking a swab of the inside of the nose and throat.
  • The test is CE marked and the Nonacus Laboratory has been approved to share result data with Public Health England as part of the Government’s Test and Trace programme.

You can read more about the test from: https://everythinggeneticltd.co.uk/testing_kit/pcr-lab-test/

You can read more about the test and it specifications on the Nonacus Laboratory website https://nonacus.com/covid-19/

You can call Everything Genetic about your results on +44 (0) 1270 623 179 or email them directly at info@everythinggeneticltd.co.uk

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ

  • Innermost Healthcare does not provide either the testing service or the results.
  • Innermost Healthcare cannot and will not give advice about the appropriate time for you to have your test. This is because the official advice about testing changes frequently and travel rules and restrictions differ between countries and airlines. You will need to contact your healthcare professional or your travel provider to discuss when you should have your test.
  • Innermost Healthcare cannot and will not give assurances or guarantees that any test result will be returned by a specific time. This is because laboratories across the UK are experiencing unprecedented levels of demand for testing at this time. It is also possible that a test will need to be repeated if an inconclusive or invalid result is obtained.
  • Innermost Healthcare cannot and will not take responsibility or be liable for any delays, disruption, travel interruption, cancellation, inconvenience or loss that results from a test reporting outside your required timescale.

General Information about Testing and Symptoms

You can read more information about Coronavirus COVID-19 and PCR and Antibody Testing on the the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Call 999 for an ambulance if you or someone you care for:

  • are struggling to breathe
  • become confused or very drowsy
  • have stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual
  • collapse or faint
  • have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
  • have blue lips or a blue face
  • are coughing up blood

Tell the operator you might have coronavirus symptoms.

About Coronavirus COVID-19 Antibody Tests

Test to See if You’ve Had the Virus in the Past

The test is called the ‘Coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Antibody Test’. It will usually show if you have been previously infected with the virus. It does not test for the current presence of the virus. It cannot tell you if you are immune to the virus. It does not tell you if you can or cannot spread the virus to other people.

Most patients who recover from Coronavirus COVID19 have been found to produce antibodies but it is important to know that not everyone will do so.

  • We use the Abbott antibody test (CE marked to show it complies with EU safety rules) and processed by the TDL Laboratory in England (approved by Public Health England).
  • The test is used to identify people who have been infected by COVID 19 in the recent past. It detects the antibodies (IgG) that are produced by the body as a response to the infection. We recommend it for adults who have had symptoms of possible infection or suspected contact, more than 14 days previously.
  • The test involves a blood sample being taken (just like a normal blood test from your arm).
  • If you have had recent contact with someone who has either been confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 – or if you have had symptoms of COVID-19 yourself within the last 14 days – then we will not be able to offer you this test. You should follow the current government advice about keeping yourself and others safe and about seeking medical help.

About Your Results

  • We’ll send your sample off to the laboratory using a special courier service and we’ll contact you with your results.
  • The laboratory sends your test report electronically to the ‘HeyDoc’ e-patient management system in our clinic, which enables it to be sent on directly to you by email. This system of reporting is used across the UK and data is secure.
  • The results will either be positive, negative or inconclusive.
  • A negative result means that the test did not find antibodies to the virus.
  • A positive result means that antibodies to the virus were present when the test was done.
  • An inconclusive result means that it was not possible to identify if antibodies to the virus were present when the test was done
  • IMPORTANT – If you get a positive antibody test result, you still need to follow the same social distancing advice as everyone else. This includes staying 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people and washing your hands often.
  • Recently, there’s been a lot of media publicity about antibody testing and how reliable and effective it is. As a medical clinic, we review the science regularly to ensure that we’re offering the latest, approved products. The laboratory reports that the test has a sensitivity of 97.5% and specificity of 100%. This means that the test is highly accurate. It should not be confused with home DIY kits.
  • What does the DETECTION RATE or SENSITIVITY mean? The detection rate or sensitivity is the ability to correctly identify someone who has had the virus.
  • What is SPECIFICITY? This is the ability to correctly identify someone who has not had the virus.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ

  • Test Accuracy: COV-2 IgG < 1.4 Not Detected (Negative) COV-2 IgG >=1.4 Detected (Positive) / Specificity 100% / Sensitivity 97.5%
  • Results should be used in conjunction with information available from clinical evaluation and other diagnostic procedures. It has been recognised that there can be delayed responses in immunocompromised patients.
  • It is important to note that we don’t yet know if someone with a positive antibody test result (showing the presence of IgG levels) after being infected with the virus will be protected (either fully or partially) from future infection or for how long protective immunity may last.
  • Innermost Healthcare cannot and will not give advice about the appropriate time for you to have your test.
  • Innermost Healthcare cannot and will not give assurances or guarantees that any test result will be returned by a specific time. This is because laboratories across the UK are experiencing unprecedented levels of demand for testing at this time. It is also possible that a test will need to be repeated if an inconclusive or invalid result is obtained.
  • Innermost Healthcare cannot and will not take responsibility or be liable for any delays, disruption, travel interruption, cancellation, inconvenience or loss that results from a test reporting outside your required timescale.